Meaning of methylate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɛθɪleɪt/


[with object]
  • 1Mix or impregnate with methanol or methylated spirit.

    • ‘they methylated the water to essentially kill off all aquatic species’
    1. 1.1Chemistry Introduce a methyl group into (a molecule or compound)
      ‘the cytosine moiety in the chromosomal DNA is usually methylated’
      • ‘Some molecules are heavily methylated while others are not, consistent with our previous observations.’
      • ‘The ability of these compounds to methylate DNA, however, correlated with the biological activity.’
      • ‘When this hydroxyl group is then methylated to give there is a very significant, 3000-fold, decrease in inhibitor binding.’
      • ‘In many organisms, nuclear DNA is methylated at cytosine residues, resulting in 5-methylcytosine.’
      • ‘An enzyme that methylates the carboxyl side chain of IAA has recently been described.’