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depletion

[də′plē·shən]
(ecology)
Using a resource, such as water or timber, faster than it is replenished.
(electronics)
Reduction of the charge-carrier density in a semiconductor below the normal value for a given temperature and doping level.
(nucleonics)
The percentage reduction in the quantity of fissionable atoms in the fuel assemblies or fuel mixture that occurs during operation of a nuclear reactor.

depletion

see ENVIRONMENTAL DEPLETION.
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Steroid drugs such as prednisone4 and triamcinolone5 have been shown to deplete the body of calcium, magnesium, folic acid, potassium, selenium, vitamin C, and vitamin D.
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They were afraid that it would deplete local fish stocks.
Since the original signing of the "Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer," growing concern has led to additional agreements that accelerate the phase-out of ozone depleting compounds.
On April 21, 1988, the United States ratified and implemented the "Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.