demineralization

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demineralization

[dē‚min·rə·lə′zā·shən]
(chemical engineering)
Removal of mineral constituents from water.
(medicine)
Removal or loss of minerals and salts from the body, especially by disease.
In particular, the continual dissolving of tooth mineral that occurs at the surface of teeth as the result of the action of weak acids created by plaque-formingbacteria.