Definition of demineralize in English:



[WITH OBJECT]often as adjective demineralized
  • 1 Remove salts from (water)

    • ‘If your water softener adds excessive sodium, you might want to consider switching to a different water-purification system or buying demineralized water for drinking and cooking.’
    • ‘Twenty radish seeds (Raphanus sativus L., cv. 18 days) were placed into a glass jar (7 cm diameter and 9 cm high, closed with a cap), filled with 5 ml of a chemical solution or demineralized water (control).’
    • ‘To isolate zoospores, sporulating cultures were flooded with 10 ml of demineralized water and incubated at 4° for 3 hr to allow formation and release of zoospores.’
    • ‘Non-governmental organizations were formed to oppose the pumping, and in 2001 the federal government launched an investigation into the company on the grounds it was violating constitutional prohibitions on demineralizing water.’
    • ‘Before the Harrier jets shut down, our normal practice is to wash out the intakes and engine with demineralized water to remove any salt spray.’
    • ‘Distilled or demineralized water has been treated to remove nearly all minerals that occur naturally in the water, making the water taste flat.’
    • ‘The root systems were carefully washed with cold demineralized water to remove any NH 4 NO 3 nutrient solution.’
    • ‘If you do use a portable humidifier (approximately 1 to 2 gallon tanks), be sure to empty its tank every day and refill with distilled or demineralized water, or even fresh tap water if the other types of water are unavailable.’
    • ‘The mixture is a coolant (dimethyl-ether I think, for you chemistry types) and demineralized water.’
    • ‘There are four basic steps in boiler water treatment programs: clarification, demineralization and softening, deaeration, and the addition of amines.’
    1. 1.1 Deprive (teeth or bones) of minerals, causing loss of tooth enamel or softening of the skeleton.
      • ‘I think once a bone is demineralized, it is difficult to build it up, but you could certainly stunt (this loss).’
      • ‘Fermentable carbohydrates are ingested, producing acids that demineralize teeth.’
      • ‘These cells were seeded onto demineralized bone grafts to form cell-scaffold constructs and were implanted to repair various bone defects.’
      • ‘Bacteria, predominantly mutans streptococci, metabolize monosaccharide and disaccharide sugars to produce acid that demineralizes teeth and causes cavities.’
      • ‘The scientific analysis revealed that just the outer 2mm of the bone had been demineralised.’
      • ‘As during late gestation, if an adequate quantity of calcium and phosphorous is not provided in the lactation diet, the sow will demineralize skeletal tissue to meet her needs for milk production.’
      • ‘It is this lactic acid, held in place by the sticky matrix secreted by the bacterium, which demineralises and softens enamel.’