Definition of nitrify in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnʌɪtrɪfʌɪ/

verb (nitrifies, nitrifying, nitrified)

[with object] Chemistry
Convert (ammonia or another nitrogen compound) into nitrites or nitrates: a considerable amount of the ammonia so formed is nitrified





Pronunciation: /nʌɪtrɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Other reactions unique to life, except at extremely high temperatures and pressures, include nitrogen fixation, nitrification and denitrification, sulphate and sulphur reduction, and methane formation.
  • Oxygen production by benthic microalgae enhanced rates of, and coupling between, nitrification and denitrification when ammonium was not limiting, resulting in significant loss of nitrogen from sediments as dinitrogen gas.
  • Current research has shown an increase in soil acidification through anthropogenic effects including acid precipitation and nitrification of ammoniacal fertilizers.


Early 19th century: from French nitrifier.

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