denature

verb
de·​na·​ture | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈnā-chər How to pronounce denature (audio) \
denatured; denaturing\ (ˌ)dē-​ˈnā-​ch(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce denaturing (audio) \

Definition of denature

transitive verb

2 : to deprive of natural qualities : change the nature of: such as
a : to make (alcohol) unfit for drinking (as by adding an obnoxious substance) without impairing usefulness for other purposes
b : to modify the molecular structure of (something, such as a protein or DNA) especially by heat, acid, alkali, or ultraviolet radiation so as to destroy or diminish some of the original properties and especially the specific biological activity

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Other Words from denature

denaturant \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈnā-​chər-​ənt How to pronounce denaturant (audio) \ noun
denaturation \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌnā-​chə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce denaturation (audio) \ noun

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The center of the island was cruelly denatured by the heavy hand of the Baron Georges Haussmann, a 19th-century urban planner who favoured efficiency over antiquity. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 This is an album that takes familiar hip-hop starting points and denatures them, resulting in a compelling collage that feels structurally untethered to hip-hop then or now. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Indie Rap Veterans Return to a Genre Still in Need of Opposition," 4 Apr. 2018 But go back to the banks, and ask whether the real problem is that a decade of extraordinary monetary maneuvers has denatured Italy’s financial institutions. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Italy’s ‘Doom Loops,’ Imagined and Real," 3 Jan. 2019 To fix that, some cooks boil them before roasting, which completely denatures the meat. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "Mastering Chinese-Style Ribs at Home," 9 July 2018 The production on the latest record (aided in places by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek) is fairly abstract, with sprinkled layers of backing vocals, denatured guitar feedback and dub-like gaps carved out of the music. John Adamian, courant.com, "Miguel To Perform At College Street Music Hall," 10 Mar. 2018 By using delays and adding sine tones, the composer denatured the original recordings. Christian Hertzog, sandiegouniontribune.com, "At UCSD, Michael Pisaro’s sonic landscapes evoke gratification, contemplation," 3 Feb. 2018 One of their ingredients was denatured ethyl alcohol, which is very common in perfumes. Yvette D'entremont, SELF, "Don’t Buy Into Toxic 'Toxin-Free' Marketing," 13 Oct. 2017 What runs in The New York Times isn’t unreal, but much of it is filtered through a narrative so unbending that the irregular components of reality emerge as processed and denatured as loaves of bread on a factory line. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, "The “Trump vs. Media” Cage Match Has Only Begun," 13 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of denature

1685, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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denature

verb
de·​na·​ture | \ (ˈ)dē-ˈnā-chər How to pronounce denature (audio) \
denatured; denaturing\ -​ˈnāch-​(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce denaturing (audio) \

Medical Definition of denature

transitive verb

: to deprive of natural qualities: as
a : to make (alcohol) unfit for drinking (as by adding an obnoxious substance) without impairing usefulness for other purposes
b : to modify the molecular structure of (as a protein or DNA) especially by heat, acid, alkali, or ultraviolet radiation so as to destroy or diminish some of the original properties and especially the specific biological activity

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