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rar·e·fy

(rār'ĕ-fī),
To become light or less dense.

rarefy

(rār′ĕ-fī)
To make less dense; to increase the porosity of something.
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An appropriate balance of VEGF expression, binding, and signaling is necessary to keep glomeruli healthy and prevent glomerulosclerosis and rarefication. Under diabetic conditions this balance is impaired [35].
Its post-war rarefication antagonises some, but the movement has also somewhat formally democratised Buddhism by bringing clergy and laity, men and women together to acquire a form of Buddhist expertise on more or less equal terms.
Generating the hasty reduction and rarefication of acceptable entities in accounts can be particularly problematic especially as such perspectives often claim to focus on emancipation (Latour, 2005) and seek to give voice to silenced victims.
It is not that the lyric voice is confused or torn between conflicting poetic strategies, as in Marcus's poem, but rather that it is so elevated--so "caught up"--that everyday ethical meaning (the common ground for poet, reader, and subject in "Easter 1916" is lost: steeped in mythic rarefication, the perspective almost ceases to be human, and the purely aesthetic quality of the poem renders any political response so arbitrary as to seem unrelated.