meth·​yl·​ate | \ ˈme-thə-ˌlāt How to pronounce methylate (audio) \
methylated; methylating

Definition of methylate

transitive verb

: to introduce the methyl radical into

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Other Words from methylate

methylator \ ˈme-​thə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce methylator (audio) \ noun

Examples of methylate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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“Methylate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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