passivate definition by Webster's New World
passivate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb pas·si·vat·ed, pas·si·vat·ing, pas·si·vates verb, transitive
- To treat or coat (a metal) in order to reduce the chemical reactivity of its surface.
- To coat (a semiconductor, for example) with an oxide layer to protect against contamination and increase electrical stability.
- pasˌsi·vaˈtion noun
- pasˈsi·va·tor noun