[ ee-loot, ih-loot ]
/ iˈlut, ɪˈlut /

verb (used with object), e·lut·ed, e·lut·ing. Physical Chemistry.

to remove by dissolving, as absorbed material from an adsorbent.

Origin of elute

1725–35; < Latin ēlūtus, past participle of ēluere to wash out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + -luere, combining form of lavere to wash (see lave1)


e·lu·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for elution

/ (iːˈluːt, ɪˈluːt) /


(tr) to wash out (a substance) by the action of a solvent, as in chromatography

Derived forms of elute

elution, noun

Word Origin for elute

C18: from Latin ēlūtus rinsed out, from ēluere to wash clean, from luere to wash, lave
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Medical definitions for elution

[ ĭ-lōōshən ]


The chromatographic process of using a solvent to extract an adsorbed substance from a solid adsorbing medium.
The removal of antibody from the antigen to which it is attached.
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Scientific definitions for elution

[ ĭ-lōōshən ]

The process of extracting a substance that is adsorbed to another by washing it with a solvent.♦ The substance used as a solvent in elution is called an eluent. ♦ The solution of the solvent and the substance that was adsorbed to another is called the eluate.
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