supernatant

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noun su·per·na·tant \ˌsü-pər-ˈnā-tənt\

Definition of supernatant

  1. :  the usually clear liquid overlying material deposited by settling, precipitation, or centrifugation

supernatant

adjective

Origin and Etymology of supernatant

Latin supernatant-, supernatans, present participle of supernatare to float, from super- + natare to swim — more at natant


First Known Use: 1859

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supernatant

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noun su·per·na·tant \ˌsü-pər-ˈnāt-ənt\

Medical Definition of supernatant

  1. :  the usually clear liquid overlying material deposited by settling, precipitation, or centrifugation

supernatant

adjective

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