Origin of supernatant
Examples from the Web for supernatant
The santaline falls, and the supernatant liquor, which is yellow by transmitted, appears blue by reflected light.
The supernatant acetate of soda may be employed for the extraction of pure acetic acid.
Allow to stand twenty-four hours, then centrifugalise thoroughly and decant the supernatant fluid into a well-stoppered bottle.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique|John William Henry Eyre
Agitate distillate with dry potassium carbonate, and draw off some of the supernatant fluid for testing.Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology|W. G. Aitchison Robertson
Let the mixture stand until the supernatant fluid is entirely clear.Getting Gold|J. C. F. Johnson
Word Origin for supernatant
1660s, from Latin supernatantem (nominative supernatans), present participle of supernatare "to swim above," from super (see super-) + natare "to swim," frequentative of nare "to swim" (see natatorium).