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[sen-truh-fyooj] /ˈsɛn trəˌfyudʒ/
an apparatus that rotates at high speed and by centrifugal force separates substances of different densities, as milk and cream.
verb (used with object), centrifuged, centrifuging.
Also, centrifugalize. to subject to the action of a centrifuge.
Origin of centrifuge
1795-1805; < French, noun use of centrifuge (adj.) < New Latin centrifugus center-fleeing; see centrifugal
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[sen-trif-yuh-gey-shuh n, -trif-uh-] /sɛnˌtrɪf yəˈgeɪ ʃən, -ˌtrɪf ə-/ (Show IPA),
recentrifuge, verb (used with object), recentrifuged, recentrifuging. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for centrifuge
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  • Sterile tubes (for the centrifuge) closed with solid rubber stoppers.

  • Right now I could eat a dinner raw, in a centrifuge, and keep it down.

    The Dope on Mars John Michael Sharkey
  • I think he was surprised to see that we could stand for three minutes under a one-gee pull in the centrifuge.

    Anchorite Randall Garrett
  • With the centrifuge, there would be no difficulty in getting out all the cream.

    Hints on Dairying T. D. Curtis
  • centrifuge—hand, electric, or water-power (Figs. 16 and 17).

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd
British Dictionary definitions for centrifuge


any of various rotating machines that separate liquids from solids or dispersions of one liquid in another, by the action of centrifugal force
any of various rotating devices for subjecting human beings or animals to varying accelerations for experimental purposes
(transitive) to subject to the action of a centrifuge
Derived Forms
centrifugation (ˌsɛntrɪfjʊˈɡeɪʃən) noun
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Word Origin and History for centrifuge

1887, "a centrifuge machine," originally a machine for separating cream from milk, from French centrifuge, from noun use of adjective meaning "centrifugal" (1801), from Modern Latin centrifugus (see centrifugal).

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centrifuge in Medicine

centrifuge cen·tri·fuge (sěn'trə-fyōōj')
An apparatus consisting essentially of a compartment spun about a central axis to separate contained materials of different densities, or to separate colloidal particles suspended in a liquid. v. cen·tri·fuged, cen·tri·fug·ing, cen·tri·fug·es
To rotate something in a centrifuge or to separate, dehydrate, or test by means of this apparatus.

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centrifuge in Science
A machine that separates substances of different densities in a sample by rotating the sample at very high speed, causing the substance to be displaced outward, sometimes through a series of filters or gratings. Denser substances tend to be displaced from the center more than ones that are less dense.
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