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 Tehran also obtained an understanding that the limits on uranium enrichment, centrifuge development and missile technology would ease over time. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, 9 Feb. 2022 This is typically done through a process called reverse osmosis or by running the wine repeatedly through a centrifuge-like device called a spinning cone. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 The liquid — the color varies from yellow to black — is poured into tiny test tubes and spun in a centrifuge to separate liquid from solids. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 Then put it in a centrifuge and whirl it around in a radioactive tornado, until the lightest particles cluster towards the center. Gregory Barber, Wired, 17 Mar. 2022 Researchers put people with pre-existing medical conditions, including elderly men with heart conditions, into a spinning centrifuge to simulate the g-forces the body is subjected to during a trip to space. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 On Wednesday, Iran agreed to replace surveillance cameras at one centrifuge manufacturing site, but Israeli officials dismissed the step as an empty gesture. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 For instance, plant manager Betty Jacobs told inspectors that its main centrifuge began to have problems in January 2021, negatively impacting the plant’s ability to process solid waste, according to MDE’s inspection report. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, 30 Aug. 2021 The data from Tosar’s accidentally toowarm centrifuge pointed to this possibility. Roxanne Khamsi, Scientific American, 17 June 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 20 Mar. 2018 See More

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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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3 May 2022

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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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