acidize

verb

ac·​id·​ize
ˈa-sə-ˌdīz
-ed/-ing/-s

transitive verb

: to treat with acid : acidify
specifically : to charge (an oil or gas well) with hydrochloric acid, sometimes with hydrofluoric acid added, for dissolving the lime out of the sand in order to facilitate and increase production

intransitive verb

: to become acidized

Word History

Etymology

acid entry 2 + -ize

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of acidize was in 1859

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“Acidize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acidize. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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