Definition of isopycnic in English:

isopycnic

adjective

Biochemistry
  • 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.’
    • ‘To generate a partial mtDNA genomic library, mtDNA was isolated according to Barriga Sosa et al., followed by CsCl isopycnic centrifugation.’
    • ‘DNA was subsequently purified by isopycnic centrifugation in caesium chloride.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from iso- ‘equal’ + Greek puknos dense + -ic.

Pronunciation:

isopycnic

/ˌʌɪsə(ʊ)ˈpɪknɪk/