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isolate

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transitive verb iso·late \ˈī-sə-ˌlāt\

Medical Definition of isolate

isolated; isolating

  1. :  to set apart from others: asa:  to separate (one with a contagious disease) from others not similarly infectedb:  to separate (as a chemical compound) from all other substances :  obtain pure or in a free state




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isolate

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noun iso·late \ˈī-sə-lət, -ˌlāt\

Medical Definition of isolate

  1. 1:  an individual (as a spore or single organism), a viable part of an organism (as a cell), or a strain that has been isolated (as from diseased tissue, contaminated water, or the air); also :  a pure culture produced from such an isolate

  2. 2:  a relatively homogeneous population separated from related populations by geographic, biologic, or social factors or by human intervention

  3. 3:  a socially withdrawn individual





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