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fractionate

[ frak-shuh-neyt ]
/ ˈfræk ʃəˌneɪt /
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verb (used with object), frac·tion·at·ed, frac·tion·at·ing.
to separate or divide into component parts, fragments, divisions, etc.
to separate (a mixture) into ingredients or into portions having different properties, as by distillation or crystallization; cause to undergo fractional distillation, crystallization, or the like.
to obtain by such a process.
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Origin of fractionate

First recorded in 1865–70; fraction + -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for fractionate

fractionate
/ (ˈfrækʃəˌneɪt) /

verb
to separate or cause to separate into constituents or into fractions containing concentrated constituents
(tr) chem to obtain (a constituent of a mixture) by a fractional process

Derived forms of fractionate

fractionation, nounfractionator, noun
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