Denature meaning

dē-nāchər
To take away a natural characteristic or inherent property of a thing or a person.
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To change the nature or natural qualities of.
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To render unfit to eat or drink without destroying usefulness in other applications, especially to add methanol to (ethyl alcohol).
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To add nonfissionable matter to (fissionable material) so as to prevent use in an atomic weapon.
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To change the nature of; take natural qualities away from.
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To change the structure of (a protein) by heat, acids, alkalies, etc., so that the original properties are greatly changed or eliminated.
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To add a nonfissionable isotope to (a fissionable isotope) so that the mixture cannot be used in nuclear bombs but can still be used as fuel material.
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To diminish or alter the nature or natural qualities of.
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To render unfit to eat or drink without destroying usefulness in other applications, especially to add methanol to ethyl alcohol.
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To cause the tertiary structure of a protein to unfold, as with heat, alkali, or acid, so that some of its original properties, especially its biological activity, are diminished or eliminated.
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To cause the paired strands of DNA to separate into individual strands.
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(in reference to alcohol) To add something that makes alcohol unsuitable for consumption but leaves the alcohol suitable for other purposes.
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(chemistry) To subject (especially a protein) to conditions altering its original form or state.
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To combine fissionable material with nonfissionable material in order to prevent its use in an atomic weapon.
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To make (alcohol, etc.) unfit for human consumption without spoiling for other uses.
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Origin of denature

  • From French dénaturer

    From Wiktionary