denature

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See also: dénature and dénaturé

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From French dénaturer

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denature (third-person singular simple present denatures, present participle denaturing, simple past and past participle denatured)

  1. To take away a natural characteristic or inherent property of a thing or a person.
  2. (in reference to alcohol) to add something that makes alcohol unsuitable for consumption but leaves the alcohol suitable for other purposes.
    • While you cannot drink denatured alcohol, you can still use it to remove sticker glue from most surfaces.
  3. (chemistry) To subject (especially a protein) to conditions altering its original form or state.
  4. To combine fissionable material with nonfissionable material in order to prevent its use in an atomic weapon.

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