Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To convert to a mineral substance; petrify.
  • transitive v. To transform a metal into a mineral by oxidation.
  • transitive v. To impregnate with minerals.
  • intransitive v. To develop or hasten mineral formation.
  • intransitive v. To collect or study minerals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To convert to a mineral; to petrify
  • v. To impregnate with minerals

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To transform into a mineral.
  • transitive v. To impregnate with a mineral.
  • transitive v. To charge or impregnate with ore.
  • intransitive v. To go on an excursion for observing and collecting minerals; to mineralogize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To change from the metallic character to that of an ore.
  • To go on a minoralogical excursion; make an excursion with the view of collecting minerals. Also spelled mineralise.
  • To impregnate with mineral substances, as metallic salts: thus, the water of a particular spring may be spoken of as more or less strongly mineralized.
  • In mining, to introduce, in solution or otherwise, a new mineral or ore into (surroundings where it did not previously exist, as, for example, into a fissure or into shattered or porous rock). The rock is then said to be mineralized.

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

  • v. transform (a metal) into an ore
  • v. convert into a mineral substance

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Examples

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  • Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is considered "tooth friendly" by dental professionals, as it can actually "starve" the negative micro-organisms that damage teeth, allowing the teeth to re-mineralize faster.

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  • RICKETS In infants and children, severe vitamin D deficiency results in the failure of the bone to mineralize.

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  • With time, the plaque can mineralize into tartar, which becomes a hard crust that causes further irritation.

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  • Ā· Making it impossible for the medium matter (formed as a result of incomplete dissolution) to mineralize rapidly, to continuously release energy and produce various NH4+ and PHO4 - ions, and to renew the humus in the soil.

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  • The main purpose of wastewater treatment is to remove or mineralize the organic substances, i.e. to prepare them for release into a receiving body of water or the agricultural environment.

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  • These microbes, like many others, continuously mineralize organic substances, and thus exhibit themselves as the indispensable agents of the movement of the matter that incessantly circulates from the mineral to the organic world, and _vice versa_.

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  • Their ability to take uranium out of a solution and mineralize it has proven invaluable at abandoned uranium mines.

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