Nitrify Ni"tri*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nitrified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Nitrifying}.] [Niter + -fy: cf. F. nitrifer. See {Niter}.] (Chem.) To combine or impregnate with nitrogen; to convert, by oxidation, into nitrous or nitric acid; to subject to, or produce by, nitrification. [1913 Webster]

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  • nitrifying — adjective Describing certain bacteria that oxidize ammonia to nitrite and nitrate in the soil …   Wiktionary

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  • nitrifying bacteria — nitrobakterijos statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Nitritinės ir nitratinės bakterijos, oksiduojančios nitritus ir nitratus. atitikmenys: angl. nitrifying bacteria; nitrobacteria vok. Nitrobakterien, f rus. нитробактерии …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • nitrifying bacteria — noun plural Date: 1925 bacteria of a family (Nitrobacteraceae) comprising gram negative bacteria commonly found in the soil and obtaining energy through the process of nitrification …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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