1570s (adj.), 1610s (n.), from Latin emulgentem (nominative emulgens), present participle of emulgere "to milk out, drain out" (see emulsion).
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Emulgent, e-mul′jent, adj. milking or draining out, chiefly referring to the action of the kidneys.
- Of or being a straining, extracting, or purifying process.
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