verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of distill

1325–75; Middle English distillen (< Anglo-French distiller) < Latin distillāre, variant of dēstillāre, equivalent to dē- de- + stillāre to drip
Related formsdis·till·a·ble, adjectivenon·dis·till·a·ble, adjectivere·dis·till, verb (used with object)re·dis·till·a·ble, adjectivere·dis·till·a·ble·ness, noun
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Word Origin and History for distill

also distil, late 14c., from Old French distiller (14c.), from Latin distillare "trickle down in minute drops," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + stillare "to drip, drop," from stilla "drop." Related: Distilled; distilling.

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distill in Medicine




To subject a substance to distillation.
To separate a distillate by distillation.
To increase the concentration of, separate, or purify a substance by distillation.
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