nitrify


nitrify
a) to treat, or react with nitrogen or a nitrogen-containing compound
b) to convert ammonia or similar compound to a nitrate by oxidation, especially by the action of a microorganism
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  • Nitrify — Ni tri*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nitrified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Nitrifying}.] [Niter + fy: cf. F. nitrifer. See {Niter}.] (Chem.) To combine or impregnate with nitrogen; to convert, by oxidation, into nitrous or nitric acid; to subject to, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nitrify — ► VERB (nitrifies, nitrified) ▪ convert (ammonia or another nitrogen compound) into nitrites or nitrates. DERIVATIVES nitrification noun …   English terms dictionary

  • nitrify — [nī′trə fī΄] vt. nitrified, nitrifying [Fr nitrifier: see NITER & FY] 1. to combine with nitrogen or nitrogen compounds 2. to impregnate (soil, etc.) with nitrates 3. to cause the oxidation of (ammonium salts, atmospheric nitrogen, etc.) to… …   English World dictionary

  • nitrify — nitrifiable, adj. /nuy treuh fuy /, v.t., nitrified, nitrifying. 1. to oxidize (ammonia, ammonium compounds, or atmospheric nitrogen) to nitrites, nitrates, or their respective acids, esp. by bacterial action. 2. to impregnate with nitrogen or… …   Universalium

  • nitrify — ni·tri·fy || naɪtrɪfaɪ v. add nitrogen; make into a nitrate …   English contemporary dictionary

  • nitrify — [ nʌɪtrɪfʌɪ] verb (nitrifies, nitrifying, nitrified) Chemistry convert (ammonia or another nitrogen compound) into nitrites or nitrates. Derivatives nitrification noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • nitrify — ni·tri·fy …   English syllables

  • nitrify — ni•tri•fy [[t]ˈnaɪ trəˌfaɪ[/t]] v. t. fied, fy•ing 1) chem. to oxidize (ammonia, ammonium compounds, or atmospheric nitrogen) to nitrites, nitrates, or their respective acids, esp. by bacterial action 2) chem. to treat or combine with nitrogen or …   From formal English to slang

  • nitrify — /ˈnaɪtrəfaɪ/ (say nuytruhfuy) verb (t) (nitrified, nitrifying) 1. to oxidise (ammonia compounds, etc.) to nitrites or nitrates, especially by bacterial action. 2. to impregnate (soil, etc.) with nitrates. 3. to treat or combine with nitrogen or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • nitrify — v.tr. ( ies, ied) 1 impregnate with nitrogen. 2 convert (nitrogen, usu. in the form of ammonia) into nitrites or nitrates. Derivatives: nitrifiable adj. nitrification n. Etymology: F nitrifier (as NITRE) …   Useful english dictionary


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