nitrify

transitive verb

ni·​tri·​fy ˈnī-trə-ˌfī How to pronounce nitrify (audio)
-ed/-ing/-es
1
: to combine or impregnate with nitrogen or a nitrogen compound
2
: to convert by oxidation into nitric acid or nitrous acid or their salts : subject to or produce by nitrification compare nitrosify

Word History

Etymology

French nitrifier, from nitre niter + -ifier -ify

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“Nitrify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nitrify. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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