To introduce hydroxyl into (a compound).(verb-transitive)
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Use "hydroxylate" in a sentence
"(As shown below, sufficiently high aspartame doses, which transiently exceed the liver's capacity to hydroxylate phenylalanine, can also potentiate seizures in rodents, whether these seizures are generated by drugs, electroshock, or inhalation of fluorothyl.)"
"It appears that boron may be needed to activate hydroxylate specific steroid hormones such as vitamin D, testosterone, and estradiol."
"These animals hydroxylate proline by some alternative means."