Definitions for attenuateəˈtɛn yuˌeɪt; -ɪt, -ˌeɪt
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at•ten•u•ateəˈtɛn yuˌeɪt; -ɪt, -ˌeɪt(v.; adj.)-at•ed, -at•ing
(v.t.)to weaken or reduce in force, intensity, effect, quantity, or value:
to attenuate desire.
to make thin; make slender or fine.
to render less virulent, as a strain of pathogenic virus or bacterium.
Category: Microbiology, Immunology
to reduce the amplitude of (an electronic signal) without distortion.
(v.i.)to become thin or fine; lessen.
Bot. tapering gradually to a narrow extremity.
Origin of attenuate:
1520–30; < L attenuātus, ptp. of attenuāre to thin, reduce. See at -, tenuis , -ate1
attenuate, attenuated, faded, weakened(verb)
reduced in strength
"the faded tones of an old recording"
weaken the consistency of (a chemical substance)
become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude
To reduce in size, force, value, amount, or degree
To reduce the virulence of a bacteria or virus
To reduce the amplitude of an electrical signal
Gradually tapering into a petiole-like extension toward the base.
Origin: From attenuāre, from attenuāt-, at- = ad-, ad- + tenuāre, tenuis.
to make thin or slender, as by mechanical or chemical action upon inanimate objects, or by the effects of starvation, disease, etc., upon living bodies
to make thin or less consistent; to render less viscid or dense; to rarefy. Specifically: To subtilize, as the humors of the body, or to break them into finer parts
to lessen the amount, force, or value of; to make less complex; to weaken
to become thin, slender, or fine; to grow less; to lessen
alt. of Attenuated
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