aerate (third-person singular simple present aerates, present participle aerating, simple past and past participle aerated)
1.to expose to the action or effect of air or to cause air to circulate through, to aerate milk in order to remove odors.
2.to change or treat with air or a gas, especially with carbon dioxide.
3.Physiology. to expose (a medium or tissue) to air as in the oxygenation of the blood in respiration.
1. to charge (a liquid) with a gas, esp carbon dioxide, as in the manufacture of effervescent drink
2. to expose to the action or circulation of the air, so as to purify Derived Formsaeration, nounaerator, nounCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1794, from Latin aer (genitive aeris; see air (n.1)) + verbal suffix -ate (2). Related, Aerated; aerating.
That the condition of gaping of the shell-valves is essential to the life of the Lamellibranch appears from the fact that food to nourish it, water to aerate its blood, and spermatozoa to fertilize its eggs, are all introduced into this gaping chamber by currents of water, set going by the highlydeveloped ctenidia.
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