attenuate attenuate  /ə ˈtɛn ju ˌeɪt/


  1. (v) become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude
  2. (adj) reduced in strength
  3. (v) weaken the consistency of (a chemical substance)


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  • The news media, the advertising agencies, the Governmenteven President Nixon himselfhave all helped flatten and attenuate the English tongue.


  • Polymer Waveplates offer alternative to quartz waveplates.

    Polymer Waveplates (Retarders) transmit light while modifying its optical polarization state and do not attenuate, deviate, or displace beam. Birefringent polymer film, layered between 2 glass windows, increases durability and handling. Available in ¼ and ½ λ retardance, Retarders act as true zero order waveplates and are available with multiple wavelengths or achromatic designs. Models ...
    on August 8, 2013     Source: ThomasNet


  1. "This newly discovered compound decreases the formation of ever-present cellular messenger molecules, cyclic guanosine monophosphate and cyclic adenosine monophosphate, caused by various bacterial toxins and might prevent or attenuate the intestinal...
    on Jun 16, 2008 By: Ferid Murad Source:

  2. "We bioengineer Listeria both to attenuate it and to cause it to secrete a tumor-specific antigen fused to a listerial protein, which makes it more effective than Listeria that just secretes the tumor antigen," Rothman said. "By doing this we...
    on Apr 15, 2008 By: John Rothman Source: Newswise (press release)

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