Origin of precipitate

1520–30; (v. and adj.) < Latin praecipitātus (past participle of praecipitāre to cast down headlong), equivalent to praecipit- (stem of praeceps steep; see precipice) + -ātus -ate1; (noun) < New Latin praecipitātum a precipitate, noun use of neuter of praecipitātus

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Can be confused

precipitate precipitous
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British Dictionary definitions for precipitately

precipitate

verb (prɪˈsɪpɪˌteɪt)


adjective (prɪˈsɪpɪtɪt)

noun (prɪˈsɪpɪtɪt)

chem a precipitated solid in its suspended form or after settling or filtering

Derived Forms

Word Origin for precipitate

C16: from Latin praecipitāre to throw down headlong, from praeceps headlong, steep, from prae before, in front + caput head
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Medicine definitions for precipitately

precipitate

[ prĭ-sĭpĭ-tāt′, -tĭt ]

n.

A solid or solid phase separated from a solution.
A punctate opacity on the posterior surface of the cornea developing from inflammatory cells in the vitreous body.punctate keratitis

v.

To cause a solid substance to be separated from a solution.
To be separated from a solution as a solid.
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Science definitions for precipitately

precipitate

Verb

(prĭ-sĭpĭ-tāt′)
To fall from the atmosphere as rain, snow, or another form of precipitation.
To separate as a solid from a solution in chemical precipitation.

Noun

(prĭ-sĭpĭ-tāt′, -tĭt)
A solid material precipitated from a solution.
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Culture definitions for precipitately

precipitate

[ (pri-sip-uh-tayt, pri-sip-uh-tuht) ]

In chemistry, a solid material that is formed in a solution by chemical reactions and settles to the bottom of the container in which the reaction takes place. A precipitate may also be a substance removed from another by an artificial filter.


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