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
3 : petrify

Other Words from mineralize

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 But eventually, the antlers mineralize and harden into super-solid bone. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 2 Aug. 2022 The panels store and mineralize the water, which is then filtered and runs into the homes or businesses to which it is connected. NBC News, 24 Mar. 2021 The fish has a tough, albeit flexible, inner layer bound by collagen to mineralize the outer layer of scales. Fox News, 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, 19 Sep. 2019 Strensiq replaces a deficient enzyme, alkaline phosphatase, and allows the bones to mineralize. New York Times, 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, 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, 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, 13 Oct. 2017 See More

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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 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for mineralize


transitive verb
variants: also British mineralise \ ˈmin(-​ə)-​rə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce mineralize (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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