centrifuge

noun
cen·​tri·​fuge | \ ˈsen-trə-ˌfyüj How to pronounce centrifuge (audio) \

Definition of centrifuge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a machine using centrifugal force for separating substances of different densities, for removing moisture, or for simulating gravitational effects

centrifuge

verb
centrifuged; centrifuging

Definition of centrifuge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to subject to centrifugal action especially in a centrifuge

Examples of centrifuge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Boiling causes protein molecules in the egg to twist around one another, and a centrifuge can disentangle them to restore the original. George Musser, Scientific American, 17 Aug. 2022 The centrifuge can accommodate just one person at a time, and that helped shape the course of their training. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 6 Aug. 2021 In January, a high-speed centrifuge in Vithanage’s lab—used to separate samples—malfunctioned and could not be fixed because the parts needed to be imported. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 2 Aug. 2022 Paige put a corkscrew-like needle into her hip bone and extracted healthy stem cells in her bone marrow, which are then spun through a centrifuge to isolate only the stem cells. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 21 July 2022 Love and Thunder is pretty much all that again, poured into a centrifuge. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 5 July 2022 If the controller appeared to be operating a uranium enrichment centrifuge, files were transferred and the operations of that manufacturing process went subtly askew. Greg Autry, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Late last month, a 10-foot projectile spun very fast around an enormous, 108-foot-wide centrifuge. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 6 May 2022 The agreement gave them the permission, or the authority, to speed centrifuge of the IR-4, IR-6 and IR-8. CBS News, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It was then introduced to Emily’s T cells, which had been carefully centrifuged from her drawn blood. Charles Graeber, WIRED, 25 July 2019 There, blood is drawn and centrifuged for at least 15 minutes at 2,200 to 2,500 rpm to separate the T cells from the plasma, platelets, and the rest. Charles Graeber, WIRED, 25 July 2019 The June 3rd injunction ruling empowers the agency to stop the private clinic from injecting patients with a cellular cocktail centrifuged down from their own liposuctioned fat. Megan Molteni, WIRED, 14 June 2019 The solution is centrifuged to separate the solids, leaving a clear liquid that is combined with Belle Meade Bourbon. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, 13 July 2018 Blood is drawn from the patient and centrifuged to increase the concentration of platelets to 10 times more growth factors than normal plasma. Joyce Wiswell For The Knee Institute, Detroit Free Press, 17 Apr. 2018 Blood is drawn from the patient and centrifuged to increase the concentration of platelets. Joyce Wiswell For The Knee Institute, Detroit Free Press, 20 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of centrifuge

Noun

1866, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for centrifuge

Noun

French, from centrifuge centrifugal, from New Latin centrifugus

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The first known use of centrifuge was in 1866

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“Centrifuge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centrifuge. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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centrifuge

noun
cen·​tri·​fuge | \ ˈsen-trə-ˌfyüj How to pronounce centrifuge (audio) \

Medical Definition of centrifuge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a machine using centrifugal force for separating substances of different densities, for removing moisture, or for simulating gravitational effects

centrifuge

transitive verb
centrifuged; centrifuging

Medical Definition of centrifuge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to subject to centrifugal action especially in a centrifuge

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