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denature

[dē′nā·chər]
(chemistry)
To change a protein by heating it or treating it with alkali or acid so that the original properties such as solubility are changed as a result of the protein's molecular structure being changed in some way.
To add a denaturant, such as methyl alcohol, to grain alcohol to make the grain alcohol poisonous and unfit for human consumption.
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Washington, March 12 (ANI): Washington, March 5 (ANI): In a move which would be taken positively by advocates of world peace, a team of engineers has developed a technique to "denature" plutonium created in large nuclear reactors, making it unsuitable for use in nuclear arms.
For proteins, we're still learning because of the problems everyone has handling them." Proteins can denature or clump if conditions aren't just right.
Four 15-W, timer-controlled UV bulbs enable the user to control the exposure time and dose of high-energy UV irradiation required to denature nucleic acids, preventing background contamination.
Because dendritic molecules fan out from a central core, they can't denature. "It's like a pom-pom," Tomalis suggests.
Analysis on the system was performed at a temperature sufficient to partially denature (melt) the DNA heteroduplexes.
"The energy released is of the same order of magnitude as the total energy required to completely denature a protein."