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methylate

[′meth·ə‚lāt]
(organic chemistry)
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III] is the most toxic arsenical, our data suggest that N6AMT1 has a significant role in determining susceptibility to arsenic toxicity and carcinogenicity because of its specific activity in methylating [MMA.
He says that sending mercury-containing wastes to land fills may essentially be spoon-feeding copious amounts of the toxicant to methylating bacteria, which then cough the injurious forms into air.
Methylating bacteria thrive in aquatic sediments rich in organic matter, and methylmercury biomagnification eventually leads to heavy contamination of top predators, including fish consumed by humans.