inactivate

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verb in·ac·ti·vate \(ˌ)i-ˈnak-tə-ˌvāt\

Definition of inactivate

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make inactive chemicals to inactivate viruses

inactivation

play \(ˌ)i-ˌnak-tə-ˈvā-shən\ noun

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First Known Use of inactivate

1906


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inactivate

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transitive verb in·ac·ti·vate \(ˈ)in-ˈak-tə-ˌvāt\

Medical Definition of inactivate

inactivated

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inactivating

  1. :  to make inactive: asa:  to destroy certain biological activities of inactivate the complement of normal serum by heatb:  to cause (as an infective agent) to lose disease-producing capacity inactivate bacteria

inactivation

\(ˌ)in-ˌak-tə-ˈvā-shən\play noun

inactivator

\-ˌvāt-ər\play noun

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