nitrify

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transitive verb ni·tri·fy \ˈnī-trə-ˌfī\

Definition of nitrify

-ed/-ing/-es

  1. 1 :  to combine or impregnate with nitrogen or a nitrogen compound

  2. 2 :  to convert by oxidation into nitric acid or nitrous acid or their salts :  subject to or produce by nitrification — compare nitrosify

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Origin and Etymology of nitrify

French nitrifier, from nitre niter + -ifier -ify


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