hy·​drox·​yl·​ate hī-ˈdräk-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce hydroxylate (audio)
hydroxylated; hydroxylating

transitive verb

: to introduce hydroxyl into
hydroxylation noun

Examples of hydroxylate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The energy your body receives from the sun converts chemicals in your skin to vitamin D3, which is then hydroxylated in your liver and kidneys to become active vitamin D, according to the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements. Jacob Livesay, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hydroxylate was circa 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Hydroxylate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydroxylate. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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