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titrate

[tahy-treyt]
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verb (used with or without object), ti·trat·ed, ti·trat·ing. Chemistry.
  1. to ascertain the quantity of a given constituent by adding a liquid reagent of known strength and measuring the volume necessary to convert the constituent to another form.

Origin of titrate

First recorded in 1860–65; tit(e)r + -ate1
Related formsti·tra·ta·ble, ti·tra·ble [tahy-truh-buh l] /ˈtaɪ trə bəl/, adjectiveti·tra·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for titration

Historical Examples

  • The acid numbers, determined by titration in the usual way, are 10-20 p.ct.

    Researches on Cellulose

    C. F. Cross

  • Fleury has proposed a titration by oxalic acid as follows:—2 grms.

  • This may be done by titration in alcohol which has been neutralized.

    Soap-Making Manual

    E. G. Thomssen

  • The second titration gives the amount of caustic alkali present, and the difference between the two the proportion of carbonate.

  • Or the milk sugar may be determined by titration with a standard copper solution.


British Dictionary definitions for titration

titration

noun
  1. an operation, used in volumetric analysis, in which a measured amount of one solution is added to a known quantity of another solution until the reaction between the two is complete. If the concentration of one solution is known, that of the other can be calculated

titrate

verb
  1. (tr) to measure the volume or concentration of (a solution) by titration
Derived Formstitratable, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from French titrer; see titre
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Word Origin and History for titration

n.

1864, from French titrer, from titre "standard, title" (see title (n.)), also "fineness of alloyed gold;" in chemistry, the establishment of a standard strength or degree of concentration of a solution.

titrate

v.

1870, from French titrer, from titre "title, qualification" (see titration).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

titration in Medicine

titration

(tī-trāshən)
n.
  1. The process, operation, or method of determining the concentration of a substance in a solution to which the addition of a reagent having a known concentration is made in carefully measured amounts until a reaction of definite and known proportion is completed, as shown by a color change or by electrical measurement, and then calculating the unknown concentration.

titrate

(tītrāt′)
v.
  1. To determine the concentration of a solution by titration or perform the operation of titration.
Related formstitrat′a•ble adj.titra′tor n.
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titration in Science

titration

[tī-trāshən]
  1. The process or operation of determining the concentration of a substance in solution. Titration is performed by adding to a known volume of the solution a standard reagent of known concentration in carefully measured amounts until a reaction of definite and known proportion is completed (as shown by a color change or by electrical measurement) and then calculating the unknown concentration.
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titration in Culture

titration

[(teye-tray-shuhn)]

In chemistry, the determination of what materials are present in a sample by adding precise amounts of known chemicals and observing the chemical reaction.

Note

The term titration is occasionally used informally to suggest extreme precision in some sort of measurement or determination.
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