a phosphatase active in an alkaline medium.
alkaline phosphatase n.
A phosphatase with an optimum functioning at pH 8.6; it is present throughout the body.
- Alkaline soil
noun a soil that gives a pH reaction of 8.5 or above, found esp in dry areas where the soluble salts, esp of sodium, have not been leached away but have accumulated in the B horizon of the soil profile Historical Examples Do any of the nut tree species prefer an acid to an alkaline […]
- Alkaline tide
alkaline tide alkaline tide n. A period of urinary neutrality or alkalinity after meals.
- Alkaline-ash diet
alkaline-ash diet alkaline-ash diet n. A diet consisting mainly of fruits, vegetables, and milk with little meat, fish, eggs, cheese, and cereals, that when catabolized leaves an alkaline residue to be excreted in the urine.
to make or become alkaline. Historical Examples This is the way we always get rid of hazardous emotions: we destroy them as we alkalize acids. The Good Housekeeping Marriage Book Various verb (transitive) to make alkaline