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Line breaks: de|sat¦ur|ate
Pronunciation: /diːˈsatʃəreɪt

Definition of desaturate in English:


[with object]
Make unsaturated or less saturated: high ambient lighting will desaturate colours
More example sentences
  • The colors are alternately desaturated and deeply saturated, which probably figures into the complex narrative structure in some way.
  • They oppose it with tint, which is the opposite process of adding white to a colour, to desaturate it.
  • Stronger saturations call for a much louder voice, where desaturated schemes lend themselves to a much lighter touch.



Pronunciation: /-ˈrɛɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Without knowing polysomnography results, a single technician computed the oximetry desaturation index from 379 studies as the number of desaturations at or exceeding 3% magnitude divided by test duration in hours.
  • In plants and cyanobacteria, these steps are catalysed by two enzymes, phytoene desaturase and carotene desaturase, each mediating two symmetrically positioned desaturations.
  • The mechanisms of persistent sleepiness in treated sleep apnea are presently not known, but severity of oxyhemoglobin desaturations best predicts sleepiness in persons with obstructive sleep apnea.

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