from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To render inactive.
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- v. To make inactive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to make inactive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render inactive: applied to an immune serum the complement of which is being destroyed by heat or by age. Such a serum can be reactivated by the addition of fresh serum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. release from military service or remove from the active list of military service
- v. make inactive
Blood in the high risk category is used to make other blood products as technicians are able to "inactivate" the virus.
Project to 'inactivate' genes causing liver, stomach cancer photo: Creative Commons/FlickreviewR
Project to 'inactivate' genes causing liver, stomach cancer
Your immune system has to anticipate and inactivate unknown invaders.
On 7 August 1968, the Defense Department announced that it would inactivate RANDOLPH and 49 other ships to reduce fiscal expenditures in
I would somehow inactivate the absurd lawyer approved safety.
The traditional treatment for relief of the sting has been household vinegar. 4 Application of vinegar for 30 seconds to the site of the sting will inactivate any tentacles adhering to the skin. 3 To prevent further envenomation, always remove any remaining tentacles.
It is likely that these treatments would inactivate prions.
Because of Cutter's failure to completely inactivate the virus in their vaccine, 120,000 children were inadvertently injected with live, dangerous poliovirus; 40,000 developed mild polio, 200 were permanently paralyzed, and 10 were killed.
Further, mutation of bacterial DNA adds defenses against antibiotics such as biochemical pumps to flush out antibiotics, and also enzymes to inactivate antibiotics.
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