demethylation

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From demethylate +‎ -ion.

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demethylation (plural demethylations)

  1. (chemistry) The removal of one or more methyl groups from a molecule.
    • 1999, Matt Ridley, Genome, Harper Perennial 2004, p. 212:
      That imprinted genes escape demethylation is, we now know, all that stood between science and the cloning of mammals for many years.

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