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verb (used with object), lix·iv·i·at·ed, lix·iv·i·at·ing.
  1. to treat with a solvent; leach.
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Origin of lixiviate

First recorded in 1640–50; lixivi(um) + -ate1
Related formslix·iv·i·a·tion, nounnon·lix·iv·i·at·ed, adjectivenon·lix·iv·i·a·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • In either event, whether obtained from wool residues or from lixiviation of wood-ash, it would be an impure potash.

    De Re Metallica

    Georgius Agricola

  • Other ores there vary from this, however, and are said to be best suited to the lixiviation process.

  • He employed a series of cylinders, arranged vertically, in which the wood was subjected to a methodical system of lixiviation.

  • The Pollok process is a newer, and stated to be a cheaper mode of lixiviation by chlorine.

    Getting Gold

    J. C. F. Johnson

  • The niter was obtained from lixiviation of nitrous earth found under old houses, barns, etc.

British Dictionary definitions for lixiviation


  1. (tr) chem a less common word for leach 1 (def. 1), lixiviate
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Derived Formslixivial, adjectivelixiviation, noun

Word Origin

C17: from lixivium
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Word Origin and History for lixiviation



1758, from past participle stem of Modern Latin lixiviare, from Latin lixivium, neuter of lixivius "made into lye," from lix "ashes, lye."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lixiviation in Medicine


  1. The removal of the soluble constituents of a substance by the action of a percolating liquid.leaching
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Related formslix•ivi•ate′ (lĭk-sĭvē-āt′) v.
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