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[dis-tl-it, -eyt, dih-stil-it]
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  1. the product obtained from the condensation of vapors in distillation.
  2. any concentration, essence, or abstraction.
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Origin of distillate

1860–65; < Latin distillātus (past participle of distillāre to trickle down), equivalent to distill- distill + -ātus -ate1
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Examples from the Web for distillate

Historical Examples

  • Titrate the distillate with N/10 alkali, using phenolphthalein as an indicator.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

  • Tetanotoxine may be distilled, and be found in the distillate with other matters.

  • The distillate is spirits of turpentine, the residue is rosin.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • The former are detected by examining the distillate as previously directed.

  • The first portion of the distillate will, therefore, be of this strength.

British Dictionary definitions for distillate


  1. Also called: distillation the product of distillation
  2. a concentrated essence
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Word Origin and History for distillate


"product of distillation," 1864; see distill + -ate (1).

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distillate in Medicine


(dĭstə-lāt′, -lĭt, dĭ-stĭlĭt)
  1. A liquid condensed from vapor in distillation.
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