[ sen-truh-fyooj ]

  1. an apparatus that rotates at high speed and by centrifugal force separates substances of different densities, as milk and cream.

verb (used with object),cen·tri·fuged, cen·tri·fug·ing.
  1. 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

Other words from centrifuge

  • cen·trif·u·ga·tion [sen-trif-yuh-gey-shuhn, -trif-uh-], /sɛnˌtrɪf yəˈgeɪ ʃən, -ˌtrɪf ə-/, noun
  • re·cen·tri·fuge, verb (used with object), re·cen·tri·fuged, re·cen·tri·fug·ing.

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British Dictionary definitions for centrifuge


/ (ˈsɛntrɪˌfjuːdʒ) /

  1. any of various rotating machines that separate liquids from solids or dispersions of one liquid in another, by the action of centrifugal force

  2. any of various rotating devices for subjecting human beings or animals to varying accelerations for experimental purposes

  1. (tr) to subject to the action of a centrifuge

Derived forms of centrifuge

  • centrifugation (ˌsɛntrɪfjʊˈɡeɪʃən), noun

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Scientific definitions for centrifuge


[ sĕntrə-fyōōj′ ]

  1. 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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