de·​col·​or·​ize | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈkə-lə-ˌrīz How to pronounce decolorize (audio) \
decolorized; decolorizing

Definition of decolorize

transitive verb

: to remove color from decolorize vinegar by adsorption of impurities on activated charcoal

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decolorization \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌkə-​lə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce decolorization (audio) \ noun
decolorizer \ (ˈ)dē-​ˈkə-​lə-​ˌrī-​zər How to pronounce decolorizer (audio) \ noun

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Examples of decolorize in a Sentence

the sample was decolorized before being examined under a microscope
Recent Examples on the Web The bad news: Non-decolorized, whole-leaf aloe extract contains aloin, a chemical that has been shown to cause cancer in rats when ingested. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Drew Barrymore Claims Aloe Vera Meat “Suctioned” the Redness Out of Her Skin," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of decolorize

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Decolorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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transitive verb
variants: or British decolourize also decolourise \ (ˈ)dē-​ˈkəl-​ə-​ˌrīz How to pronounce decolourise (audio) \
decolorized or British decourized also decolourised; decolorizing or British decolourizing also decolourising

Medical Definition of decolorize

: to remove color from decolorize vinegar by adsorption of impurities on activated charcoal

Other Words from decolorize

decolorization or British decolourization also decolourisation \ (ˈ)dē-​ˌkəl-​ə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce decolourisation (audio) \ noun
decolorizer or British decolourizer also decolouriser \ (ˈ)dē-​ˈkəl-​ə-​ˌrī-​zər How to pronounce decolouriser (audio) \ noun

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