nitrification

noun
ni·​tri·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌnī-trə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce nitrification (audio) \

Definition of nitrification

: the oxidation (as by bacteria) of ammonium salts to nitrites and the further oxidation of nitrites to nitrates

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Recent Examples on the Web Biological processes like soil nitrification, wildfires, and lightning also produce NO₂, but research on Earth suggests that these sources provide far less of the overall total than anthropogenic sources—namely the burning of fossil fuels. Meghan Herbst, Wired, "Can Alien Smog Lead Us to Extraterrestrial Civilizations?," 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of nitrification

1798, in the meaning defined above

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“Nitrification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nitrification. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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nitrification

noun
ni·​tri·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌnī-trə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce nitrification (audio) \

Medical Definition of nitrification

: the oxidation (as by bacteria) of ammonium salts to nitrites and the further oxidation of nitrites to nitrates

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