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[pur-kuh-ley-shuh n]
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  1. the act or state of percolating or of being percolated.
  2. Pharmacology. the extraction of the soluble principles of a crude drug by the passage of a suitable liquid through it.
  3. Geology. the slow movement of water through the pores in soil or permeable rock.
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Origin of percolation

First recorded in 1605–15, percolation is from the Latin word percōlātiōn- (stem of percōlātiō). See percolate, -ion
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Related Words for percolation

exposure, flow, crack, leakage, drainage, infiltration, loss, outgoing, puncture, fissure, expenditure, drop, drip, crevice, decrease, slip, escape, aperture, detriment, hole

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Word Origin and History for percolation


1610s, from Latin percolationem (nominative percolatio), noun of action from past participle stem of percolare "to strain through, filter," from per- "through" (see per) + colare "to strain," from colum "a strainer" (see colander).

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