inquartation

[in-kwawr-tey-shuh n]
noun
  1. (in assaying) the addition of silver to a gold-silver alloy in order to facilitate the parting of the gold by nitric acid.

Origin of inquartation

1880–85; perhaps < French inquartation. See in-2, quarter, -ation
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