Definitions for centrifugeˈsɛn trəˌfyudʒ

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  1. centrifuge, extractor, separator(verb)

    an apparatus that uses centrifugal force to separate particles from a suspension

  2. centrifuge, centrifugate(verb)

    rotate at very high speed in order to separate the liquids from the solids

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  1. centrifuge(n.)

    an apparatus having containers for liquids arrayed around a central pivot and rotated at a high speed, thus generating centrifugal force on the liquid, and separating substances (such as particles of solid or globules of an immiscible liquid) mixed together in suspension within the liquid. Suspensions which would settle only very slowly or not at all under gravity can be made to separate quickly in such a device. The containers for holding the liquid in a centrifuge are held in a metal frame called the head or trunnion. The solid material collected at teh bottom of the liquid container is called the pellet. A centrifuge designed to run at very high speeds and thus generate very high centrifugal force is called an ultracentrifuge.

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  1. centrifuge(Noun)

    A device in which a mixture of denser and lighter materials (normally dispersed in a liquid) is separated by being spun about a central axis at high speed.

  2. centrifuge(Noun)

    An apparatus in which humans are spun to simulate acceleration in an aircraft or spacecraft.

  3. centrifuge(Verb)

    To rotate something in a centrifuge in order to separate its constituents

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  1. Centrifuge

    A centrifuge is a piece of equipment, generally driven by an electric motor, that puts an object in rotation around a fixed axis, applying a force perpendicular to the axis. A centrifuge is also used to separate the components of blood in blood banks.The centrifuge works using the sedimentation principle, where the centripetal acceleration causes denser substances to separate out along the radial direction. By the same token lighter objects will tend to move to the top.


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