Definition of Supernatant

1. Noun. The clear liquid that lies above a sediment or precipitate.

Generic synonyms: Liquid



2. Adjective. Of a liquid; floating on the surface above a sediment or precipitate. "The supernatant fat was skimmed off"
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Similar to: Supported

Definition of Supernatant

1. a. Swimming above; floating on the surface; as, oil supernatant on water.

Definition of Supernatant

1. Adjective. (context: of a liquid) Lying above a sediment or precipitate ¹

2. Adjective. Floating on the surface of a liquid ¹

3. Noun. The liquid that lies above a sediment or precipitate; supernate ¹

4. Noun. Material that floats on the surface of a liquid ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Supernatant

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Supernatant

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supermouse
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supermums
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supermusical
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supernacular
supernaculum
supernal
supernally
supernannies
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supernatant (current term)
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supernatation
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supernationally
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supernatural
supernatural being
supernatural virtue
supernaturalisation
supernaturalise
supernaturalised

Literary usage of Supernatant

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1. Proceedings of the Workshop on Long-lived Radionuclide Chemistry in Nuclear by NEA Nuclear Science Committee (1998)
"The supernatant is utilised in testing various sorbents for removing Cs, Sr, and Tc from the highly alkaline saline solution. Small-column tests are made on ..."

2. Chemical Abstracts by American Chemical Society (1915)
"... and production of grayish flakes, or finally total agglutination with no intermediate stages resulted. The clear supernatant liquid reacted with ..."

3. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, Charles Robert Cross, John Trowbridge, Samuel Kneeland, George Bliss (1858)
"bottomed vessel and heated, and a strong solution of oxalic acid added ; in a few hours the whole gold is deposited, and the supernatant liquid may be ..."

4. A Dictionary of Chemistry: On the Basis of Mr. Nicholson's, in which the ...by Andrew Ure, William Nicholson by Andrew Ure, William Nicholson (1821)
"... till the feculent parts have subsided, and the supernatant fluid is become clear; or it may be clarified, when expressed, with the whites of eggs. ..."

5. The Venom of Heloderma by Leo Loeb (1913)
"Of 3 mice injected with the supernatant fluid from a mixture of fresh venom ... Similar results were obtained with the supernatant fluid when a solution of ..."

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