One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Material separated from a mixture or suspension by means of centrifugation; especially supernatant fluid produced by centrifugation.
1no object US. To move or be moved away from the centre, as through the action of centrifugal force. Now rare.
2with object To subject to the action of a centrifuge; = "centrifuge".
Late 19th century. From centrifug- + -ate, after centrifugate and centrifugation<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in United Service Magazine. From post-classical Latin centrifugus + -ate; compare Latin verbs in -ficāre from -ficus.
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