thin-layer chromatography


: chromatography in which a liquid sample migrates by capillarity through a solid adsorbent medium (such as alumina or silica gel) which is arranged as a thin layer on a rigid support (such as a glass plate)

Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thin-layer chromatography was in 1957

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“Thin-layer chromatography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition

thin-layer chromatography

: chromatography in which the solution containing the substances to be separated migrates by capillarity through a thin layer of the adsorbent medium (as silica gel, alumina, or cellulose) arranged on a rigid support
abbreviation TLC
compare column chromatography, gas chromatography, paper chromatography
thin-layer chromatogram noun
thin-layer chromatographic adjective

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