denitrify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v denitrify remove nitrogen from "Denitrify the soil"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Denitrify To deprive of, or free from, nitrogen.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • denitrify To remove or destroy nitrates.
    • denitrify In bacteriology, to break down nitrates into nitrites, and nitrites into ammonia compounds, or to liberate nitrogen from any of these compounds by bacterial action.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. de-, + nitr,ogen + -fy,

Usage

In literature:

Denitrifying germs, 144, 147.
"The First Book of Farming" by Charles L. Goodrich
There is no reason, however, to suppose that this is so, and several of the denitrifying organisms have been identified.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
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In news:

Typically a pit at the field edge filled with wood chips that denitrify water flowing through from the field, they require less than 0.1% of the land being treated and can reduce nitrates by 40.
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