Definition of Centrifuge

1. Noun. An apparatus that uses centrifugal force to separate particles from a suspension.

Exact synonyms: Extractor, Separator
Generic synonyms: Apparatus, Setup
Specialized synonyms: Haematocrit, Hematocrit, Ultracentrifuge
Derivative terms: Centrifugate, Separate

2. Verb. Rotate at very high speed in order to separate the liquids from the solids.
Exact synonyms: Centrifugate
Specialized synonyms: Ultracentrifuge
Generic synonyms: Spin
Derivative terms: Centrifugation

Definition of Centrifuge

1. Noun. A device in which a mixture of denser and lighter materials (normally dispersed in a liquid) is separated by being spun about a central axis at high speed. ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively) An apparatus in which humans are spun to simulate acceleration in an aircraft or spacecraft. ¹

3. Verb. To rotate something in a centrifuge in order to separate its constituents ¹

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Definition of Centrifuge


Medical Definition of Centrifuge

1. A laboratory apparatus that separates mixed samples into homogenouscomponent layers by spinning them at high speed. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Centrifuge

centrifugal casting
centrifugal current
centrifugal fast analyser
centrifugal force
centrifugal forces
centrifugal nerve
centrifugal pump
centrifuge (current term)
centrilobular emphysema
centriolar region

Literary usage of Centrifuge

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1. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1908)
"The Use of Ike centrifuge.—Attention has recently been called to the advantage of the laboratory use of centrifugal action for separating crystals from ..."

2. A Practical Text-book of Infection, Immunity, and Specific Therapy: With by John Albert Kolmer (1915)
"centrifuge 1. A good centrifuge is one of the chief requisites of a laboratory equipment. While any good instrument will answer, preference should be given ..."

3. Bulletin (1922)
"centrifuge As the work progressed on the net plankton it became ... It was a simple matter to take samples of the overflow water, centrifuge them, ..."

4. Practical physiological chemistry by Philip Bovier Hawk (1918)
"THE PURDY ELECTRIC centrifuge. FIG. 148.—SEDIMENT TUBE rox THI PURDY ELECTRIC ... The collection of the sediment by means of the centrifuge, however, ..."

5. Essentials of Laboratory Diagnosis: Designed for Students and Practitioners by Francis Ashley Faught (1912)
"The use of the centrifuge precludes the possibility of the process of decomposition ... C. Plain centrifuge tube. Alteration in reaction will so change the ..."

6. Technology of Cellulose Esters: A Theoretical and Practical Treatise on the by Edward Chauncey Worden (1921)
"The centrifuge in Cellulose Nitration. The centrifuge ... The various centrifuge systems and apparatus may be classified in the technology of cellulose ..."

7. The Journal of Experimental Medicine by Rockefeller University, Rockefeller Institute, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1922)
"The flocculation of bacteria in the presence of their specific antisera may be mechanically effected by means of the centrifuge. The affected organisms ..."

8. The Microbiology and Microanalysis of Foods by Albert Schneider (1920)
"The larger rubber containers may be cut (transversely) into several pieces, and the ends securely tied, after filling and inoculating. The centrifuge. ..."

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