[ lik-siv-ee-eyt ]
/ lɪkˈsɪv iˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), lix·iv·i·at·ed, lix·iv·i·at·ing.

to treat with a solvent; leach.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lixiviation


/ (lɪkˈsɪvɪˌeɪt) /


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

Word Origin for lixiviate

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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Medicine definitions for lixiviation


[ lĭk-sĭv′ē-āshən ]


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