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

Definition of mineralize

transitive verb

1 : to transform (a metal) into an ore
2a : to impregnate or supply with minerals or an inorganic compound
b : to convert into mineral or inorganic form

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Other Words from mineralize

mineralizable \ ˌmin-​rə-​ˈlī-​zə-​bəl , ˌmi-​nə-​ How to pronounce mineralizable (audio) \ adjective
mineralization \ ˌmin-​rə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən , ˌmi-​nə-​ How to pronounce mineralization (audio) \ noun
mineralizer \ ˈmin-​rə-​ˌlī-​zər , ˈmi-​nə-​ How to pronounce mineralizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of mineralize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fish has a tough, albeit flexible, inner layer bound by collagen to mineralize the outer layer of scales. Fox News, "Amazon fish's 'bulletproof vest' is piranha protection," 18 Oct. 2019 It is then pumped underground into porous basalt rock, mineralizing in about two years — significantly faster than other carbon-capture and storage methods. NBC News, "How to save a glacier: Iceland's scientists offer hope with carbon capture technology," 19 Sep. 2019 Strensiq replaces a deficient enzyme, alkaline phosphatase, and allows the bones to mineralize. New York Times, "The $6 Million Drug Claim," 25 Aug. 2019 Parts of the trunks rotted away and then filled with sediments to create casts, while other parts, like the roots, mineralized into dark fossils that now stand in stark contrast to the muted rock surrounding them. Deming Wang, National Geographic, "Bizarre fossils reveal Asia’s oldest known forest," 8 Aug. 2019 Warner is beyond meticulous about coffee, going so far as mineralizing water and selecting different beans for coffees with and without milk to optimize their flavors. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Coat Check Coffee opens its 2nd location in Indianapolis," 14 May 2018 In the basalt, the CO2 had mineralized in a matter of years, making this a particularly attractive way to deal with the CO2 troll. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "First facility grabs CO₂ from the air and stores it underground," 13 Oct. 2017 That’s because the soft tissues of the undercarriage are usually long gone by the time the harder exoskeletons mineralize into the distinctive alien-looking fossils. National Geographic, "Found: Guts of 470-Million-Year-Old Sea Creature," 6 Feb. 2017 At the Hellisheidi geothermal plant near Reykjavik, researchers dissolve carbon dioxide in water and inject it into basalt rock, which chemically reacts with the gas, mineralizing it. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "How One Country Is Making Rocks Out of Air Pollution," 9 June 2016

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First Known Use of mineralize

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mineralize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mineralize. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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transitive verb
variants: also British mineralise \ ˈmin(-​ə)-​rə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce mineralise (audio) \
mineralized also British mineralised; mineralizing also British mineralising

Medical Definition of mineralize

: to impregnate or supply with minerals or an inorganic compound

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