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supernatant

[ soo-per-neyt-nt ]
/ ˌsu pərˈneɪt nt /
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adjective
floating above or on the surface.
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Origin of supernatant

1655–65; <Latin supernatant- (stem of supernatāns), present participle of supernatāre to swim or float above. See super-, natant
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British Dictionary definitions for supernatant

supernatant
/ (ˌsuːpəˈneɪtənt) /

adjective
floating on the surface or over something
chem (of a liquid) lying above a sediment or settled precipitate

Derived forms of supernatant

supernatation, noun

Word Origin for supernatant

C17: from Latin supernatāre to float, from super- + natāre to swim
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