mineralize

verb

min·​er·​al·​ize
ˈmin-rə-ˌlīz,
ˈmi-nə- How to pronounce mineralize (audio)
mineralized; mineralizing

transitive verb

1
: to transform (a metal) into an ore
2
a
: to impregnate or supply with minerals or an inorganic compound
b
: to convert into mineral or inorganic form
3
mineralizable
ˌmin-rə-ˈlī-zə-bəl
ˌmi-nə- How to pronounce mineralize (audio)
adjective
mineralization
ˌmin-rə-lə-ˈzā-shən
ˌmi-nə- How to pronounce mineralize (audio)
noun
mineralizer
ˈmin-rə-ˌlī-zər
ˈmi-nə- How to pronounce mineralize (audio)
noun

Examples of mineralize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Arthropods have an exoskeleton made of a tough material called chitin that is mineralized with calcium carbonate, as well as a body divided into segments and paired jointed appendages. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 30 Aug. 2023 Another California company, Blue Planet, has similar technology that seeks to mineralize the carbon dioxide produced by cement manufacturers to create synthetic limestone, a kind of rock that can be used in concrete. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, 14 June 2023 By 2005 Matter, Lackner and Wallace Broecker of Lamont-Doherty were convinced that these basalts provided a good opportunity for mineralizing CO2. Douglas Fox, Scientific American, 1 July 2021 Carbfix in Iceland is mineralizing CO2 for about $25 a ton (44.01 is not releasing any official cost estimates). Douglas Fox, Scientific American, 1 July 2021 This water comes from a blend of natural spring waters and has been purified and then re-mineralized for a perfect balance of electrolytes. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 12 Feb. 2023 This toothpaste contains Calprox, a proprietary form of calcium peroxide that dissolves the bio-film that forms on your pet’s teeth to re-mineralize enamel. Woman's Day, 15 Feb. 2023 After birth, these teeth then start to mineralize and harden under the gumline in very early childhood (around 6 months to 1 year). Christopher Aris, Discover Magazine, 2 Apr. 2021 The gelatin retained moisture and nutrients for the bacteria to proliferate and mineralize calcium carbonate in a way that is similar to how seashells form. Charles Choi, Discover Magazine, 21 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mineralize was in 1655

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Cite this Entry

“Mineralize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mineralize. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

mineralize

transitive verb
min·​er·​al·​ize
variants also British mineralise
mineralized also British mineralised; mineralizing also British mineralising
: to impregnate or supply with minerals or an inorganic compound
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