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denature

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verb de·na·ture \(ˌ)dē-ˈnā-chər\

Definition of denature

denatureddenaturing play \-ˈnā-ch(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  dehumanize

  3. 2 :  to deprive of natural qualities :  change the nature of: as a :  to make (alcohol) unfit for drinking (as by adding an obnoxious substance) without impairing usefulness for other purposes b :  to modify the molecular structure of (as a protein or DNA) especially by heat, acid, alkali, or ultraviolet radiation so as to destroy or diminish some of the original properties and especially the specific biological activity

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become denatured

denaturant play \(ˌ)dē-ˈnā-chər-ənt\ noun
denaturation play \(ˌ)dē-ˌnā-chə-ˈrā-shən\ noun


1685

First Known Use of denature

1685

Rhymes with denature


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denature

play
verb de·na·ture \(ˈ)dē-ˈnā-chər\

Medical Definition of denature

denatured; denaturing \-ˈnāch-(ə-)riŋ\play

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to deprive of natural qualities: asa:  to make (alcohol) unfit for drinking (as by adding an obnoxious substance) without impairing usefulness for other purposesb:  to modify the molecular structure of (as a protein or DNA) especially by heat, acid, alkali, or ultraviolet radiation so as to destroy or diminish some of the original properties and especially the specific biological activity

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to become denatured




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