demineralization

noun

de·​min·​er·​al·​i·​za·​tion (ˌ)dē-ˌmi-nə-rə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce demineralization (audio)
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1
: loss of bodily minerals (such as calcium salts) especially in disease
2
: the process of removing mineral matter or salts (as from water)
demineralize transitive verb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For long-term effects, which in weightlessness involve not only bone demineralization, but also muscle atrophy, immune system effects, and other complications throughout the body, there is no way to replicate partial gravity on Earth. David Warmflash, Discover Magazine, 8 Sep. 2014 But keep in mind that the acids in diet sodas will still cause some demineralization of your teeth. Hannah Seo, New York Times, 18 July 2022 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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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of demineralization was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Demineralization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demineralization. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

demineralization

noun
de·​min·​er·​al·​iza·​tion
variants also British demineralisation
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)
demineralize transitive verb
also British demineralise
demineralized also British demineralised; demineralizing also British demineralising
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