verb[with object] (often as adjective demineralized)
1Remove salts from (water).
- Before the Harrier jets shut down, our normal practice is to wash out the intakes and engine with demineralized water to remove any salt spray.
- The root systems were carefully washed with cold demineralized water to remove any NH 4 NO 3 nutrient solution.
- Twenty radish seeds (Raphanus sativus L., cv. 18 days) were placed into a glass jar (7 cm diameter and 9 cm high, closed with a cap), filled with 5 ml of a chemical solution or demineralized water (control).
1.1Deprive (teeth or bones) of minerals, causing loss of tooth enamel or softening of the skeleton.
- Bacteria, predominantly mutans streptococci, metabolize monosaccharide and disaccharide sugars to produce acid that demineralizes teeth and causes cavities.
- Fermentable carbohydrates are ingested, producing acids that demineralize teeth.
- I think once a bone is demineralized, it is difficult to build it up, but you could certainly stunt (this loss).
- Example sentences
- It is the demineralization of bones that leaves them weak and susceptible to fractures.
- Without the proper mineral balance in the end product, calcium fortification can actually cause demineralization, offsetting the bone strength and bone development effects of calcium fortification.
- Osteomalacia is characterized by demineralization of previously formed bone leading to increased softness and susceptibility to fracture.
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