supernatant


su·per·na·tant

noun \ˌsü-pər-ˈnā-tənt\

Definition of SUPERNATANT

:  the usually clear liquid overlying material deposited by settling, precipitation, or centrifugation
supernatant adjective

Origin of SUPERNATANT

Latin supernatant-, supernatans, present participle of supernatare to float, from super- + natare to swim — more at natant
First Known Use: 1922

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

su·per·na·tant

noun \ˌsü-pər-ˈnāt-ənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SUPERNATANT

: the usually clear liquid overlying material deposited by settling, precipitation, or centrifugation
supernatant adjective

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