elutriation

noun

elu·​tri·​a·​tion ē-ˌlü-trē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce elutriation (audio)
1
: the removal of substances from a mixture by washing and decanting
2
: the separation of finer lighter particles from coarser heavier particles in a mixture by means of a usually slow upward stream of fluid so that the lighter particles are carried upward

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“Elutriation.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/elutriation. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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