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denitrifyverb [ T ]

uk /diˈnaɪ.trɪ.faɪ/ us /diˈnaɪ.trə.faɪ/ specialized

(Definition of “denitrify” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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denitrifyverb [ T ]


biology to remove nitrogen (= one of the gases that surrounds the earth) or chemicals containing nitrogen, for example, from the soil (= material on the surface of the ground), and so release it into the air

denitrifying bacteria

Denitrifying bacteria are bacteria that help to release nitrogen into the air by reducing the amount in chemicals that contain it.

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