nitrification

The oxidation of an ammonia (NH3) compound into nitric acid (HNO3), nitrous acid (HNO2), or any nitrate (NO3-) or nitrite (NO2-), usually through the action of bacteria.

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Adapted from "nitrification." (n.d.) The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary. (2007). Retrieved September 11 2015 from http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/nitrification
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