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[al-i-kwuh t]
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  1. Mathematics. forming an exact proper divisor: An aliquot part of 15 is 5.
  2. Chemistry, Pharmacology. comprising a known fraction of a whole and constituting a sample: an aliquot quantity of acid for analysis.
  1. an aliquot part.

Origin of aliquot

1560–70; < Latin, equivalent to ali- some other + quot as many as
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  1. maths of, signifying, or relating to an exact divisor of a quantity or number3 is an aliquot part of 12 Compare aliquant
  2. consisting of equal quantitiesthe sample was divided into five aliquot parts
  1. an aliquot part

Word Origin

C16: from Latin: several, a few
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aliquot in Medicine


(ălĭ-kwŏt′, -kwət)
  1. A portion of the whole, especially one of two or more samples of something that have the same volume or weight.
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