denitrification(redirected from Dissimilatory nitrate reduction)
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tr.v. de·ni·tri·fied, de·ni·tri·fy·ing, de·ni·tri·fies
1. To remove nitrogen or nitrogen groups from (a compound).
2. To reduce (nitrates or nitrites) to nitrogen-containing gases, as by bacterial action on soil.
de·ni′tri·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
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