meth·​yl·​ate | \ˈme-thə-ˌlāt \
methylated; methylating

Definition of methylate 

transitive verb

: to introduce the methyl radical into

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Other Words from methylate

methylation \ˌme-​thə-​ˈlā-​shən \ noun
methylator \ˈme-​thə-​ˌlā-​tər \ noun

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High levels of stress experienced in early life can methylate the key gene that controls this stress system. Daniel P. Keating, Scientific American, "Why Some People Are Born to Worry [Excerpt]," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of methylate

1852, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of methylate was in 1852

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