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  1. an apparatus that rotates at high speed and by centrifugal force separates substances of different densities, as milk and cream.
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verb (used with object), cen·tri·fuged, cen·tri·fug·ing.
  1. Also centrifugalize. to subject to the action of a centrifuge.
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Origin of centrifuge

1795–1805; < French, noun use of centrifuge (adj.) < New Latin centrifugus center-fleeing; see centrifugal
Related formscen·trif·u·ga·tion [sen-trif-yuh-gey-shuh n, -trif-uh-] /sɛnˌtrɪf yəˈgeɪ ʃən, -ˌtrɪf ə-/, nounre·cen·tri·fuge, verb (used with object), re·cen·tri·fuged, re·cen·tri·fug·ing.
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Examples from the Web for centrifuged

Historical Examples

  • It is then centrifuged within twenty minutes at a speed of Fig. 71.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk

  • The mixture is then centrifuged in a Babcock Centrifuge, and the centrifuged fat read in per cent.

  • She centrifuged, precipitated, filtered and stained over and over, using every qualitative procedure in the book.

    Mate in Two Moves

    Winston Marks

British Dictionary definitions for centrifuged


  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
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  1. (tr) to subject to the action of a centrifuge
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Derived Formscentrifugation (ˌsɛntrɪfjʊˈɡeɪʃən), noun
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Word Origin and History for centrifuged



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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

centrifuged in Medicine


  1. 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.
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  1. To rotate something in a centrifuge or to separate, dehydrate, or test by means of this apparatus.
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centrifuged in Science


  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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