[ee-loot, ih-loot]

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)
Related formse·lu·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for elution



(tr) to wash out (a substance) by the action of a solvent, as in chromatography
Derived Formselution, 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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Word Origin and History for elution

"washing, purification," 1610s, from Latin elutionem (nominative elutio) "a washing out," noun of action from past participle stem of eluere "to wash out, wash off, clean," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + luere "to wash" (see lave).

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elution in Medicine




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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elution in Science



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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