fractionation

[ frak-shuh-ney-shuhn ]
/ ˌfræk ʃəˈneɪ ʃən /

noun

the act or process of fractionating.
the state of being fractionated.
Military. the division of a missile's payload into several warheads.

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Origin of fractionation

First recorded in 1925–30; fractionate + -ion
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Medical definitions for fractionation

fractionation
[ frăk′shə-nāshən ]

n.

The process of dividing or separating into parts; breaking up.
The division of a total therapeutic dose of radiation into small doses to be administered over a period of days or weeks.
The separation of a chemical compound into components, as by distillation.
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Scientific definitions for fractionation

fractionation
[ frăk′shə-nāshən ]

The separation of a chemical compound into components by fractional crystallization or fractional distillation.
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