fractionate

verb
frac·​tion·​ate | \ ˈfrak-shə-ˌnāt How to pronounce fractionate (audio) \
fractionated; fractionating

Definition of fractionate

transitive verb

1 : to separate (a mixture) into different portions especially by a fractional process
2 : to divide or break up

Other Words from fractionate

fractionation \ ˌfrak-​shə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce fractionate (audio) \ noun
fractionator \ ˈfrak-​shə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce fractionate (audio) \ noun

Examples of fractionate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Native uses wholesome ingredients like shea butter, tapioca starch, and fractionated coconut oil (which is less messy and absorbs more easily into your skin than regular coconut oil). Leeron Horry, Popular Science, 25 Oct. 2019 Perhaps each particle is free to fractionate into millions of dispersed parts in its own private cosmic wormhole, until a measurement forces it to become whole at some particular location, chosen probabilistically. Quanta Magazine, 16 Feb. 2017 Buzz: With the help of Botox and fractionated lasers, doctors can erase lines and wrinkles on the chest and even sharpen the appearance of cleavage. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Dec. 2018 Buzz: With the help of Botox and fractionated lasers, doctors can erase lines and wrinkles on the chest and even sharpen the appearance of cleavage. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Dec. 2018 Buzz: With the help of Botox and fractionated lasers, doctors can erase lines and wrinkles on the chest and even sharpen the appearance of cleavage. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Dec. 2018 Buzz: With the help of Botox and fractionated lasers, doctors can erase lines and wrinkles on the chest and even sharpen the appearance of cleavage. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Dec. 2018 Buzz: With the help of Botox and fractionated lasers, doctors can erase lines and wrinkles on the chest and even sharpen the appearance of cleavage. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Dec. 2018 Buzz: With the help of Botox and fractionated lasers, doctors can erase lines and wrinkles on the chest and even sharpen the appearance of cleavage. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Dec. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of fractionate

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fractionate

fraction + -ate entry 4

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“Fractionate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fractionate. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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fractionate

transitive verb
frac·​tion·​ate | \ -shə-ˌnāt How to pronounce fractionate (audio) \
fractionated; fractionating

Medical Definition of fractionate

: to separate (as a mixture) into different portions (as by distillation or precipitation)

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