Definition of depuration in US English:

depuration

noun

technical
  • The action or process of freeing something of impurities.

    • ‘He said they do not think using bacteriophage as an indicator is a good methodology because depuration may not remove viruses.’
    • ‘Even with depuration, HAV may persist in oysters for several weeks after exposure.’
    • ‘Retention equations have been developed for humans and may be appropriately applied to model depuration for some other mammals.’
    • ‘Most specimens tolerated freshwater conditions during the overnight depuration interval.’
    • ‘The relative contribution of different routes of metal loss to the overall metal loss was also quantitatively assessed during the 7-d depuration period.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin depuratio(n-), from the verb depurare, from de- ‘completely’ + purare ‘purify’ (from purus ‘pure’).

Pronunciation

depuration

/ˌdepyəˈrāSHən//ˌdɛpjəˈreɪʃən/