de·​car·​box·​yl·​ation | \ ˌdē-kär-ˌbäk-sə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce decarboxylation (audio) \

Definition of decarboxylation

: the removal or elimination of carboxyl from a molecule

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decarboxylate \ ˌdē-​kär-​ˈbäk-​sə-​ˌlāt How to pronounce decarboxylation (audio) \ transitive verb

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Recent Examples on the Web That science largely involves decarboxylation, a delicate process wherein the cannabis flower is heated for a period of time to activate the THC. Marian Bull, GQ, "Stoner Food Has Gotten Fully Baked," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of decarboxylation

1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of decarboxylation was in 1922

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“Decarboxylation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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