Meaning of denaturant in English:


Pronunciation /diːˈneɪtʃər(ə)nt/

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  • 1A substance which causes denaturation of proteins or other biological compounds.

    ‘The effect of denaturants on protein folding has long been investigated.’
    • ‘These observations underscore the complexity of the mechanism by which denaturants achieve their protein-unfolding action.’
    • ‘Fig.6 shows that the protein molecules gradually increase their size when exposed to a denaturant.’
    • ‘Urea is a denaturant capable of inactivating peroxidase over time by changing the structural integrity of the enzyme.’
    • ‘Clearly, the protein stability decreases as the denaturant concentration is increased.’
  • 2A toxic or foul-smelling substance added to alcohol to make it unfit for drinking.

    ‘There are several grades of denatured alcohol, but the denaturants used are generally similar.’
    • ‘Methanol is used as a denaturant for grain alcohol.’