Meaning of “nitrification” in the English Dictionary

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"nitrification" in British English

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nitrificationnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌnaɪ.trɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌnaɪ.trə.fəˈkeɪ.ʃən/ specialized

the process in which bacteria in the soil use oxygen to change compounds of nitrogen in dead plant material into nitrates which plants can then absorb as food

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