fractionation

[ frak-shuh-ney-shuh n ]
/ ˌfræk ʃəˈneɪ ʃən /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. fractionalize,
  2. fractionally,
  3. fractionary,
  4. fractionate,
  5. fractionating column,
  6. fractionator,
  7. fractionize,
  8. fractious,
  9. fractiously,
  10. fractocumulus

Origin of fractionation

First recorded in 1925–30; fractionate + -ion

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Medicine 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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Science 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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