de·​min·​er·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌmi-nə-rə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce demineralization (audio) , di- \

Definition of demineralization

1 : loss of bodily minerals (such as calcium salts) especially in disease
2 : the process of removing mineral matter or salts (as from water)

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from demineralization

demineralize \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈmi-​nə-​rə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce demineralize (audio) \ transitive verb
demineralizer \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈmi-​nə-​rə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce demineralizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of demineralization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One aspect of toothpaste that does make a difference though is fluoride, which combats the first stage of tooth decay, called demineralization. Claire Ballentine,, "The $100 Tube of Toothpaste Is Here," 24 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'demineralization.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of demineralization

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about demineralization

Time Traveler for demineralization

Time Traveler

The first known use of demineralization was in 1903

See more words from the same year

Statistics for demineralization

Cite this Entry

“Demineralization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for demineralization


variants: also British demineralisation \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌmin-​(ə-​)rə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce demineralisation (audio) \

Medical Definition of demineralization

1 : loss of minerals (as salts of calcium) from the body especially in disease
2 : the process of removing mineral matter or salts (as from water)

Other Words from demineralization

demineralize also British demineralise \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈmin-​(ə-​)rə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce demineralise (audio) \ transitive verb demineralized also British demineralised; demineralizing also British demineralising

Comments on demineralization

What made you want to look up demineralization? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!