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: being a part of a number or quantity but not dividing it without leaving a remainder
5 is an aliquant part of 16
opposed to aliquot


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plural -s
: an aliquant part (see aliquant entry 1)
To avoid such contamination, sequential passaging of virus strains should be avoided, when possible, by dividing an early passage into aliquants to be used as seed virus in future experiments.Carita Savolainen, Lancet, 5 Apr. 2003

Word History



from (assumed) Medieval Latin or New Latin aliquantus (as in—assumed—pars aliquanta aliquant part), from Latin, some, moderate, from alius some, other + quantus how great, how much,

First Known Use


1695, in the meaning defined above


circa 1721, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aliquant was in 1695

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“Aliquant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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