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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Eventually the acids can grow strong enough to eat through tooth enamel in a process known as demineralization, which eventually creates cavities.
I can relate to this, I am a Registered Physical Rehab Nurse, who on my own explored and came up with a solution to the bone demineralization in weightless environments problem.
Technological advances have made desalination and demineralization feasible – albeit expensive – solutions for increasing the world's supply of freshwater.
"If they can find a way around bone demineralization, wow, that would really boost the possibilities for human spaceflight."
New X-rays revealed demineralization of Molly's bones caused by malnutrition.
Some industries have demineralization plants, but these are used on reticulated municipal or borehole water and their capacities are usually relatively small.
It's sort of like a stack of ckoke cans at the grocery store, demineralization is like removing a few cans here and there, the whole thing is wobbly but still standing.
It is the demineralization of bones that leaves them weak and susceptible to fractures.
That is a demineralization and weakening of the bones that has many roots.
Now, it is certainly true that spending long periods in zero gravity will cause cardiovascular deterioration, decalcification and demineralization of the bones, and a general deterioration of muscular fitness due to lack of exercise.