mineralize

verb
min·er·al·ize | \ˈmin-rə-ˌlīz, ˈmi-nə-\
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

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Other Words from mineralize

mineralizable \ˌmin-rə-ˈlī-zə-bəl, ˌmi-nə- \ adjective
mineralization \-rə-lə-ˈzā-shən \ noun
mineralizer \ˈmin-rə-ˌlī-zər, ˈmi-nə- \ noun

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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 The gas mineralized into calcium carbonate, the main component of limestone. Steve Volk, Discover Magazine, "Carbon Dioxide and the New Stone Age," 15 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of mineralize

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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mineralize

transitive verb
min·er·al·ize
variants: also British mineralise \ˈmin(-ə)-rə-ˌlīz \
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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