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reduce

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verb re·duce \ri-ˈd(y)üs\

Medical Definition of reduce

reduced; reducing

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to correct (as a fracture or a herniated mass) by bringing displaced or broken parts back into their normal positions

  4. 2a:  to bring to the metallic state by removal of nonmetallic elements <reduce an ore by heat>b:  deoxidizec:  to combine with or subject to the action of hydrogend (1):  to change (an element or ion) from a higher to a lower oxidation state (2):  to add one or more electrons to (an atom or ion or molecule)

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  6. intransitive verb

  7. :  to become diminished or lessened; especially :  to lose weight by dieting

  8. 2:  to become reduced <ferrous iron reduces to ferric iron>

  9. 3:  to undergo meiosis





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