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

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Western experts have suggested these centrifuges produce three to five times more enriched uranium in a year than the IR-1s. Fox News, "AP EXPLAINS: Iran's nuclear program as 2015 deal unravels," 17 June 2019 Western experts have suggested these centrifuges produce three to five times more enriched uranium in a year than the IR-1s. Washington Post, "AP EXPLAINS: Iran’s nuclear program as 2015 deal unravels," 17 June 2019 In this scenario, the patient’s own blood is extracted, spun in a centrifuge to increase its platelet concentration, then injected back into the skin to raise collagen production. Alice Gregory, Allure, "I Got Fillers for My Chronic Undereye Circles, and the Results Were Impressive," 28 Apr. 2019 Satellite imagery and other public information also suggested that a group of buildings within a security perimeter near the capital Pyongyang were consistent with a centrifuge-enrichment facility, the report said. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "North Korea’s Continued Nuclear Work Raises ‘Grave Concerns’ for U.N. Atomic Agency," 21 Aug. 2018 At record-breaking speed, each wheel will become a centrifuge, subjecting the rim to the same G forces scientists use to separate DNA out of cells. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 The Kangsong plant is suspected of housing many thousands of centrifuges — tall machines that spin at supersonic speeds to concentrate the rare form of uranium used in bombs. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "As Bolton Says North Korea Could Disarm in a Year, Reality Lags Promises," 1 July 2018 The real problem, according to a Rand Corporation brief by Robert J. Reardon, would be Iran’s centrifuge production facilities. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Trump’s tweet to Iran threatens a war that would in all likelihood be absolutely catastrophic.," 23 July 2018 Simply destroying Iranian enrichment plants would not be enough to end the nuclear weapons program if Iran could just build centrifuges for new ones quickly. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Trump’s tweet to Iran threatens a war that would in all likelihood be absolutely catastrophic.," 23 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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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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