- an apparatus that rotates at high speed and by centrifugal force separates substances of different densities, as milk and cream.
- Also centrifugalize. to subject to the action of a centrifuge.
Origin of centrifuge
Examples from the Web for centrifuge
MCT Oil - Medium Chain Triglycerides are the fat transport mechanisms you get when you put coconut oil in a centrifuge.These Are The 15 Supplements to Keep In Your Medicine Cabinet
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The data on centrifuge production was vital to intelligence agencies.Iran’s Nuclear Black Box
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It is not clear if this could lead to a modification of stated U.S. policy that Iran should not have “one centrifuge turning.”What Obama and Rouhani Want From Geneva
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Chef Garcelon and several members of the kitchen staff are standing around, watching the honey sluice out of the centrifuge.Honey Harvest at the Waldorf Astoria’s Beehives
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Sudden changes of spinning speed can cause severe damage to the centrifuge.Who’s Sabotaging Iran’s Nuclear Program?
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Right now I could eat a dinner raw, in a centrifuge, and keep it down.The Dope on Mars
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With the centrifuge, there would be no difficulty in getting out all the cream.Hints on Dairying
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Centrifuge—hand, electric, or water-power (Figs. 16 and 17).A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis
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"I put the whole gate on the centrifuge and swung it up to twelve gees" I said.The Trouble with Telstar
For example, the centrifuge used in the butterfat test, discovered in 1890 by Stephen M. Babcock, survived in several forms.
- 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
- (tr) to subject to the action of a centrifuge
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).
- 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.
- To rotate something in a centrifuge or to separate, dehydrate, or test by means of this apparatus.
- 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.