centrifuge

noun
cen·​tri·​fuge | \ ˈsen-trə-ˌfyüj How to pronounce centrifuge (audio) \

Definition of centrifuge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a machine using centrifugal force for separating substances of different densities, for removing moisture, or for simulating gravitational effects

centrifuge

verb
centrifuged; centrifuging

Definition of centrifuge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to subject to centrifugal action especially in a centrifuge

Examples of centrifuge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another research device, called a five-degrees-of-freedom simulator, resembles a big centrifuge. Thomas E. Stimson, Popular Mechanics, "Remembering the B-70: The Weird Supersonic Bomber That Never Was," 11 Feb. 2021 Then technicians spin the blood in a centrifuge to separate the cells. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "How the coronavirus vaccine relies on Maryland’s strangest fishery: horseshoe crabs," 31 Dec. 2020 Doctors at the research base examined astronauts starting in the Mercury era, and those going into space spent time in Brooks’ centrifuge, one of them John Glenn prior to his space shuttle flight in 1998. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio engineering technician who helped pioneer the space program dies at 85," 25 Dec. 2020 Funds were so tight that one of the doctors built a homemade centrifuge for testing blood. Amanda B. Moniz, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Storied History of Giving in America," 23 Nov. 2020 The samples are pasteurized and put through a centrifuge to remove other pathogens, so that the traces of the virus can be measured, according to Dr. Katehis. New York Times, "What New York City’s Sewers Reveal About the Virus," 8 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, an advanced centrifuge assembly plant at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility exploded in July in what Tehran now calls a sabotage attack. Fox News, "USS Nimitz ordered back to Persian Gulf after Iran's supreme leader threatens revenge over slain scientist," 29 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, an advanced centrifuge assembly plant at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility exploded in July in what Tehran now calls a sabotage attack. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "Iran scientist linked to military nuclear program killed," 27 Nov. 2020 The spin cycle of yore having accelerated to a centrifuge’s speed, viewers had perhaps already forgotten a similar event with Hillary Clinton, in which Ms. Guthrie pressed the former secretary of state over her email server. Sridhar Pappu, New York Times, "Savannah Guthrie Is Feeling Lucky," 14 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It was then introduced to Emily’s T cells, which had been carefully centrifuged from her drawn blood. Charles Graeber, WIRED, "How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer," 25 July 2019 There, blood is drawn and centrifuged for at least 15 minutes at 2,200 to 2,500 rpm to separate the T cells from the plasma, platelets, and the rest. Charles Graeber, WIRED, "How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer," 25 July 2019 The June 3rd injunction ruling empowers the agency to stop the private clinic from injecting patients with a cellular cocktail centrifuged down from their own liposuctioned fat. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "YouTube Testimonials Lure Patients to Shady Stem Cell Clinics," 14 June 2019 The solution is centrifuged to separate the solids, leaving a clear liquid that is combined with Belle Meade Bourbon. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Common Good aims to create new cocktail culture in western suburbs," 13 July 2018 Blood is drawn from the patient and centrifuged to increase the concentration of platelets to 10 times more growth factors than normal plasma. Joyce Wiswell For The Knee Institute, Detroit Free Press, "Heal thyself with regenerative medicine," 17 Apr. 2018 Blood is drawn from the patient and centrifuged to increase the concentration of platelets. Joyce Wiswell For The Knee Institute, Detroit Free Press, "Unique therapies ease painful neuropathy," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of centrifuge

Noun

1866, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for centrifuge

Noun

French, from centrifuge centrifugal, from New Latin centrifugus

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The first known use of centrifuge was in 1866

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20 Feb 2021

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“Centrifuge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centrifuge. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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centrifuge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of centrifuge

: a machine that uses centrifugal force to separate substances or parts of substances

centrifuge

noun
cen·​tri·​fuge | \ ˈsen-trə-ˌfyüj How to pronounce centrifuge (audio) \

Medical Definition of centrifuge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a machine using centrifugal force for separating substances of different densities, for removing moisture, or for simulating gravitational effects

centrifuge

transitive verb
centrifuged; centrifuging

Medical Definition of centrifuge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to subject to centrifugal action especially in a centrifuge

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