inactivate

verb
in·​ac·​ti·​vate | \ (ˌ)i-ˈnak-tə-ˌvāt How to pronounce inactivate (audio) \
inactivated; inactivating; inactivates

Definition of inactivate

transitive verb

: to make inactive chemicals to inactivate viruses

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Other Words from inactivate

inactivation \ (ˌ)i-​ˌnak-​tə-​ˈvā-​shən How to pronounce inactivation (audio) \ noun

Examples of inactivate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the study did not account for other factors that could help to inactivate the virus, such as sunlight or disinfectants, or look at varying levels of virus, Lloyd-Smith said. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "It is highly unlikely that food is a source of Covid-19 contamination, experts say," 7 Sep. 2020 China has three vaccines in efficacy trials that use the whole virus and inactivate it. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Leader of U.S. vaccine push says he‘ll quit if politics trumps science," 3 Sep. 2020 Oxygen free radicals, specifically singlet oxygen, can also inactivate viruses by damaging the nucleic acids, proteins and lipids that they are composed of. Hee-jae Jeon, The Conversation, "A potential new weapon in the fight against COVID-19: Food coloring," 20 Aug. 2020 Research already shows that germicidal UV can effectively inactivate airborne microbes that transmit measles, tuberculosis and SARS-CoV-1, a close relative of the novel coronavirus. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "Ultraviolet light is getting attention in fight against coronavirus," 4 Aug. 2020 The company states that an effective decontamination technique must inactivate the target virus without negatively affecting the mask’s fit and filtration ability or leaving behind a residue from dangerous chemicals. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "Researchers found a way to clean N95 masks for reuse — in a common electric cooker," 14 Aug. 2020 Gamble is a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, who recently led a study on treatments to inactivate SARS-CoV-2. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "New Zealand baffled by new COVID-19 cases, eyes frozen-food packaging," 13 Aug. 2020 The room had six air changes per hour and was fitted with efficient filters, ultraviolet irradiation and other safety measures to inactivate the virus before the air was reintroduced into the room. Apoorva Mandavilli New York Times, Star Tribune, "Infectious coronavirus retrieved from hospital air," 12 Aug. 2020 Research already shows that germicidal UV can effectively inactivate airborne microbes that transmit measles, tuberculosis and SARS-CoV-1, a close relative of the novel coronavirus. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "Ultraviolet light is getting attention in fight against coronavirus," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of inactivate

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inactivate was in 1906

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17 Sep 2020

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“Inactivate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inactivate. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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inactivate

transitive verb
in·​ac·​ti·​vate | \ (ˈ)in-ˈak-tə-ˌvāt How to pronounce inactivate (audio) \
inactivated; inactivating

Medical Definition of inactivate

: to make inactive: as
a : to destroy certain biological activities of inactivate the complement of normal serum by heat
b : to cause (as an infectious agent) to lose disease-producing capacity inactivate bacteria

Other Words from inactivate

inactivation \ (ˌ)in-​ˌak-​tə-​ˈvā-​shən How to pronounce inactivation (audio) \ noun
inactivator \ -​ˌvāt-​ər How to pronounce inactivator (audio) \ noun

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