lixiviate

verb

lix·​iv·​i·​ate lik-ˈsi-vē-ˌāt How to pronounce lixiviate (audio)
lixiviated; lixiviating

transitive verb

: to extract a soluble constituent from (a solid mixture) by washing or percolation

Word History

Etymology

Latin lixivium lye, from lixivius made of lye, from lixa lye — more at liquid

First Known Use

1662, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lixiviate was in 1662

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Cite this Entry

“Lixiviate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lixiviate. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

lixiviate

transitive verb
lix·​iv·​i·​ate lik-ˈsiv-ē-ˌāt How to pronounce lixiviate (audio)
lixiviated; lixiviating
: to extract a soluble constituent from (a solid mixture) by washing or percolation
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