Definition of inactivate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈaktɪveɪt/


[with object]
Make inactive or inoperative: household bleach does not inactivate the virus (as adjective inactivated) inactivated polio vaccine
More example sentences
  • Other rhodium complexes may also be useful for sterilising blood for transfusion by inactivating viruses.
  • IPV has three types of polio virus which are completely inactivated with formaldehyde.
  • The candidate vaccine is synthesized using modified, inactivated genes from Ebola virus.
disable, deactivate, render inactive, make inoperative, prevent from working, halt, stop, immobilize
informal scupper



Pronunciation: /ɪnaktɪˈveɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • What allows differentiation of different cell types - nerves, bones, muscle, etc. - is a series of activations and inactivations of genes specific to each cell type.
  • Both large-scale losses via deletion and gene inactivations by revertible point mutations have been observed in modern microbes.
  • Gene inactivations were done by replacement of the endogenous wild-type allele with one of the kanMX cassettes.


Example sentences
  • Aromatase inhibitors and inactivators are drugs that suppress oestrogen production in postmenopausal women through inhibition of the final step in their synthesis, conversion of androgens to oestrogens.
  • The growth of leucine auxotrophs is sensitive to high pH in the presence of ammonia, whereas deletion of the E3 ubiquitin ligase pub1 +, the S. pombe homolog of the nitrogen permease inactivator NPI1 / RSP5, abolishes pH sensitivity.
  • According to this scheme, a locally acting activator and a globally acting inactivator (PTEN or a similar phosphatase) are coordinately controlled by the G-protein activation.

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