centrifuge

noun
cen·​tri·​fuge | \ˈsen-trə-ˌfyüj \

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

Natanz was designed to have as many as 50,000 centrifuges operating there. Washington Post, "Iran opens new nuclear facility for centrifuge production," 6 June 2018 The facial involves drawing blood from a vein in your arm, which is then run through a centrifuge to extract the platelets, according to Allure. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Tarek El Moussa Tries Out The Vampire Facial Trend, And You Can't Unsee The Results," 9 Oct. 2018 The mix is then transferred to a second tank, where a centrifuge spins the lumpy liquid, separating the oil from the sands. Clifford Krauss, The Seattle Times, "Canadian firm tests new process to turn Utah sands into oil," 27 Aug. 2018 At one point, the blood-spinning centrifuge in one of the miniLabs blew up. John Carreyrou, WIRED, "A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture," 21 May 2018 YouTuber Tom Scott took a spin in a Royal Air Force training centrifuge in southern England to test his own g-tolerance and to get a look at the phenomena of g-force first hand. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How a Human Centrifuge Tests Your G-Tolerance," 16 Apr. 2018 American aircraft carried documents and equipment, including parts of centrifuges and missiles, to a laboratory in Tennessee. The Economist, "North Korea presents nuclear disarmament’s biggest challenge yet," 5 July 2018 Officials also have appeared in state media video and pictures at Isfahan with advanced IR-2M, IR-4 and IR-6 centrifuges labeled in English in the background. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Iran reopens uranium plant in its latest gamble," 28 June 2018 Officials also have appeared in state media video and pictures at Isfahan with advanced IR-2M, IR-4 and IR-6 centrifuges labeled in English in the background. Fox News, "AP Explains: Iran reopens uranium plant in its latest gamble," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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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 \

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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