chromatography

[kroh-muh-tog-ruh-fee]
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noun Chemistry.

the separation of mixtures into their constituents by preferential adsorption by a solid, as a column of silica (column chromatography) or a strip of filter paper (paper chromatography) or by a gel.

Origin of chromatography

First recorded in 1725–35; chromato- + -graphy
Related formschro·ma·tog·ra·pher, nounchro·mat·o·graph·ic [kruh-mat-uh-graf-ik, kroh-muh-tuh-] /krəˌmæt əˈgræf ɪk, ˌkroʊ mə tə-/, adjectivechro·ma·to·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for chromatography

chromatography

noun

the technique of separating and analysing the components of a mixture of liquids or gases by selective adsorption in, for example, a column of powder (column chromatography) or on a strip of paper (paper chromatography)See also gas chromatography
Derived Formschromatographer, nounchromatographic (ˌkrəʊmətəˈɡræfɪk), adjectivechromatographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for chromatography
n.

1731, from chromato-, Latinized comb. form of Greek khroma (genitive khromatos) "color" (see chroma), denoting "color" or "chromatin" + -graphy. Related: Chromatograph.

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chromatography in Medicine

chromatography

[krō′mə-tŏgrə-fē]

n.

Any of various techniques for the separation of complex mixtures that rely on the differential affinities of substances for a gas or liquid mobile medium and for a stationary adsorbing medium through which they pass, such as paper, gelatin, or magnesia.absorption chromatography
Related formschro′ma•togra•pher n.
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chromatography in Science

chromatography

[krō′mə-tŏgrə-fē]

A technique used to separate the components of a chemical mixture by moving the mixture along a stationary material, such as gelatin. Different components of the mixture are caught by the material at different rates and form isolated bands that can then be analyzed.
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