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at·ten·u·ate

(ă-ten'yū-āt),
To dilute, thin, reduce, weaken, diminish.
[L. at-tenuo, pp. -tenuatus, to make thin or weak, fr. tenuis, thin]

attenuate

/at·ten·u·ate/ (ah-ten´u-āt)
1. to render thin.
2. to render less virulent.

attenuate

(ə-tĕn′yo͞o-āt′)
v. attenu·ated, attenu·ating, attenu·ates
v.tr.
1. To reduce in force, value, amount, or degree; weaken: Medicine attenuated the fever's effect.
2. To lessen the density of; rarefy.
3. Biology To make (bacteria or viruses) less virulent.
4. Electronics To reduce (the amplitude of an electrical signal) with little or no distortion.
v.intr.
To become thin, weak, or fine.
adj. (-yo͞o-ĭt)
1. Reduced or weakened, as in strength, value, or virulence.
2. Botany Gradually tapering to a slender point.

at·ten′u·a′tion n.

at·ten·u·ate

(ă-ten'yū-āt)
To dilute, thin, reduce, weaken, diminish.
[L. at-tenuo, pp. -tenuatus, to make thin or weak, fr. tenuis, thin]

attenuate

(of a leaf or plant structure) gradually tapering to a long slender point.
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Columbus, OH-based Battelle has unveiled Attenuate, an environmentally-friendly material designed to reduce sound, acoustic signatures, and vibration generated by heavy maritime and industrial machinery, at the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space 2006 Conference and Exhibition.
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It is now possible to speak of rational vaccine design, in which known virulence proteins are deleted or modified, in order to attenuate a wild-type virus.
Developed by Battelle scientists, Attenuate is thinner, lighter and more effective at reducing noise and vibration than current standard materials.
Along with addressing the transcendent subject matter of the American Abstract Artists with whom he exhibited, Lewis continued throughout his oeuvre to attenuate his own presence in the world, never forgetting the particulars of the African-American experience--embodied by the narratives of urban families and workers--that governed his earlier realist style.
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The AAF approach automatically amplifies the frequency components that carry the data information and attenuates nonessential frequency components to reduce 151 as well as the unwanted electrical noise.