fractional crystallization

noun

chem the process of separating the components of a solution on the basis of their different solubilities, by means of evaporating the solution until the least soluble component crystallizes out

Nearby words

  1. fractable,
  2. fractal,
  3. fracted,
  4. fraction,
  5. fractional,
  6. fractional currency,
  7. fractional distillation,
  8. fractional orbital bombardment system,
  9. fractionalize,
  10. fractionally

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Science definitions for fractional crystallization

fractional crystallization

[frăkshə-nəl]

A process by which a chemical compound is separated into components by crystallization. In fractional crystallization the compound is mixed with a solvent, heated, and then gradually cooled so that, as each of its constituent components crystallizes, it can be removed in its pure form from the solution.
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