mineralize


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mineralize

[′min·rə‚līz]
(chemistry)
To convert organic compounds to simpler inorganic compounds, namely, carbon dioxide and water (and halogen acids, if the organic substances are halogenated).
(geology)
To convert to, or impregnate with, mineral material; applied to processes of ore vein deposition and of fossilization.
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Liquid Mineralize Satin finish SPF15 is long-wearing with sheer to medium buildable coverage and a natural satin finish.
Not only will this N be immobilized, but the lack of N in the starting material will ensure that not all of it mineralizes unless 12.5 - 2.71 = 9.79 g of additional N are added.
The new technique, which creates a microbial ecosystem that rapidly mineralizes organic compounds, can culture plants by only using organic fertilizers such as corn steep liquor (CSL), oil meal and fish flour.