Variant of nitrify
transitive verbnitrified, nitrifying
- to combine with nitrogen or nitrogen compounds
- to impregnate (soil, etc.) with nitrates
- to cause the oxidation of (ammonium salts, atmospheric nitrogen, etc.) to nitrites and nitrates, as by the action of soil bacteria, etc.
Origin of nitrifyFrench nitrifier: see niter and amp; -fy