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demineralization

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of removing minerals or mineral salts from a liquid, such as water.
  • n. The loss, deprivation, or removal of minerals or mineral salts from the body, especially through disease, as the loss of calcium from bones or teeth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The chemical engineering process in which mineral salts are removed from a liquid.
  • n. The loss of minerals, especially those of calcium, from bone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Loss of mineral constituents: noting a process which occurs in softening of the bones (osteomalacia).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the removal of minerals and mineral salts from a liquid (especially from water)
  • n. abnormal loss of mineral salts (especially from bone)

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