Definition of nitrify in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈnītrəˌfī/

verb (nitrifies, nitrifying, nitrified)

[with object] Chemistry
1Convert (ammonia or another nitrogen compound) into nitrites or nitrates.
2Impregnate with nitrogen or nitrogen compounds.
Example sentences
  • The Refuge volunteer collected soil samples from our continuing study on the effects of applying sawdust to restored areas that have been previously nitrified by yellow bush lupine.



Pronunciation: /ˌnītrəfəˈkāSH(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.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ni·tri·fy

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.