de·​ox·​y·​gen·​ate | \(ˌ)dē-ˈäk-si-jə-ˌnāt, ˌdē-äk-ˈsi-jə-\

Definition of deoxygenate 

transitive verb

: to remove especially molecular oxygen from deoxygenates the lake water

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Other Words from deoxygenate

deoxygenation \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌäk-​si-​jə-​ˈnā-​shən , ˌdē-​äk-​ˌsi-​jə-​ \ noun

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The basin in Louisiana is the country’s largest continuous swampland, but decades of oil and gas pipeline construction have left much of the water deoxygenated or filled with sediment and spoil that blocks the natural flow of the swamp water. Vaughn Hillyard /, NBC News, "Louisiana fisherman wait for help from Trump administration," 23 June 2018 That order minimizes stiffness by sending pooled deoxygenated blood down in your legs back up to your heart for an oxygen boost. Roy M. Wallack,, "10 fitness and lifestyle devices you've never heard of — but will want right now," 20 Apr. 2018 This takes pressure off of your inferior vena cava, a large vein that carries deoxygenated blood from your lower and middle body into the right atrium of the heart, and may help reduce swelling. Korin Miller, SELF, "You Won't Believe How Swollen This Woman's Feet Got During Her Pregnancy," 21 Sep. 2017 Arteries pulse and carry mostly bright red blood away from the heart, whereas most veins carry darker, deoxygenated blood back to the heart. Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Draw Blood," 14 July 2017

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1799, in the meaning defined above

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transitive verb
de·​ox·​y·​gen·​ate | \(ˈ)dē-ˈäk-si-jə-ˌnāt, ˌdē-äk-ˈsij-ə- \
deoxygenated; deoxygenating

Medical Definition of deoxygenate 

: to remove oxygen from

Other Words from deoxygenate

deoxygenation \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌäk-​si-​jə-​ˈnā-​shən , ˌdē-​äk-​ˌsij-​ə-​ \ noun

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