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.
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- 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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