beneficiation

noun
ben·​e·​fi·​ci·​a·​tion | \ ˌbe-nə-ˌfi-shē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce beneficiation (audio) \

Definition of beneficiation

: the treatment of raw material (such as iron ore) to improve physical or chemical properties especially in preparation for smelting

Other Words from beneficiation

beneficiate \ ˌbe-​nə-​ˈfi-​shē-​ˌāt How to pronounce beneficiation (audio) \ transitive verb

First Known Use of beneficiation

circa 1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Beneficiation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beneficiation. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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