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 denature (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 denature (audio) \ noun
denaturation \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌnā-​chə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce denature (audio) \ noun

Examples of denature in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When whisked vigorously, the proteins in egg whites denature and form new bonds, creating a tight network where air is trapped. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 6 May 2021 The combined action of heat and acid helps some of the milk proteins to denature and coagulate to form a large white mass of cheese curds. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, 9 July 2020 The artist Leah Wulfman is working on the videos, abstracting them and denaturing them a bit. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2020 Vinegar lowers to pH, which allows the proteins to denature more quickly and results in thinner threads. Lucas Sin, Bon Appétit, 15 May 2020 The alcohol acts as what’s called a denaturing agent, versus soap, which acts as a detergent. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, 24 Apr. 2020 As the bottle scavenger hunt was under way, Milam continued a delicate volley of locking up machine time for production and ensuring the company had enough of the liquid assets of denatured alcohol and essential oils. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 10 Apr. 2020 According to Kong, nano-diamonds can be treated to carry a small electrical charge which, when in contact with a virus, denatures the cell membrane and kills the virus on contact. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2020 An arrest report cited by the station says the woman filled a mason jar with fuel, denatured alcohol and nails. Fox News, 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of denature

1685, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of denature was in 1685

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20 May 2021

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“Denature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/denature. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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 denature (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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