Share this entry

Share this page

depuration

Line breaks: dep¦ur|ation
Pronunciation: /dɪpjʊəˈreɪʃ(ə)n
 
, dɛpjʊˈreɪʃ(ə)n
 
/

Definition of depuration in English:

noun

[mass noun] technical
The action or process of freeing something of impurities.
Example sentences
  • Retention equations have been developed for humans and may be appropriately applied to model depuration for some other mammals.
  • He said they do not think using bacteriophage as an indicator is a good methodology because depuration may not remove viruses.
  • Even with depuration, HAV may persist in oysters for several weeks after exposure.

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin depuratio(n-), from the verb depurare, from de- 'completely' + purare 'purify' (from purus 'pure').

Derivatives

depurate

1
Pronunciation: /dɪˈpjʊəreɪt, ˈdɛpjʊreɪt/
verb
Example sentences
  • The longer an oyster is depurated for the more likely it is that it will excrete more particles.
  • Legal opinion suggests that after 1981 the state had no right to permit pollution to increase - thereby reducing water quality standards to a level where shellfish had to be depurated.
  • Before going to market, they are put in cages suspended in deeper water to depurate, or clean themselves out, for a few weeks.

depurative

2
Pronunciation: /dɪˈpjʊərətɪv/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • The lungs had lost their diffusion and depurative functions, the qi dynamic was not smooth, and there was an accumulation in the qi of the large intestine.
  • Elder, with its depurative and diuretic constituents, helps eliminate toxins in cases of food poisoning.
  • Many of these herbs are what are traditionally known as depuratives or ‘blood purifiers.’

depurator

3
noun
Example sentences
  • Furthermore, these depurators separate mud, metals and other materials to obtain eco-compatible results.
  • But another serious disadvantage of these depurators resides in the great resistance opposed by the little channels of the ceramic body of the depurator to the passage of the exhaust gases.
  • The damages are still evident nowadays, even if the first depurators were built twenty years ago and at the same time the rules against pollution came into force.

Definition of depuration in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day prepotent
Pronunciation: prɪˈpəʊt(ə)nt
adjective
greater than others in power or influence