One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or denoting ultracentrifugal separation techniques making use of differences in density between the components of a mixture.
- ‘DNA synthesized during the recovery period was then isolated and quantitated in isopycnic alkali CsCl gradients.’
- ‘Mitochondrial and nuclear DNA were separated by CsCl-bisbenzimide isopycnic centrifugation, with mtDNA forming a single A + T - rich band.’
- ‘DNA was subsequently purified by isopycnic centrifugation in caesium chloride.’
- ‘To generate a partial mtDNA genomic library, mtDNA was isolated according to Barriga Sosa et al., followed by CsCl isopycnic centrifugation.’
Late 19th century: from iso- ‘equal’ + Greek puknos ‘dense’ + -ic.
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