demineralization

noun
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)

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Other Words from demineralization

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

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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, Bloomberg.com, 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of demineralization

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Demineralization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demineralization. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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demineralization

noun
de·​min·​er·​al·​iza·​tion
variants: also British demineralisation \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌmin-​(ə-​)rə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce demineralization (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 demineralization (audio) \ transitive verb demineralized also British demineralised; demineralizing also British demineralising

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