supernatant
noun Etymology: Latin supernatant-, supernatans, present participle of supernatare to float, from super- + natare to swim — more at natant Date: 1922 the usually clear liquid overlying material deposited by settling, precipitation, or centrifugation • supernatant adjective

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  • Supernatant — Su per*na tant, a. [L. supernatanus, p. pr. of supernatare to swim above; super above + natare to swim.] Swimming above; floating on the surface; as, oil supernatant on water. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • supernatant — SUPERNATÁNT, Ă adj. (despre plante, organe) care pluteşte pe suprafaţa apei. (< engl. supernatant) Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • supernatant — supernatant. См. надосадочная жидкость. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • supernatant — (adj.) 1660s, from L. supernatantem (nom. supernatans), prp. of supernatare to swim above, from super (see SUPER (Cf. super )) + natare to swim, frequentative of nare to swim (see NATATORIUM (Cf. natatorium)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • supernatant — [so͞o΄pər nāt′ nt] adj. [L supernatans, prp. of supernatare, to swim above < super (see SUPER ) + natare, to swim (see NATANT)] 1. floating on the surface or over something 2. Chem. designating or of a liquid standing above a precipitate …   English World dictionary

  • supernatant — /sooh peuhr nayt nt/, adj. floating above or on the surface. [1655 65; < L supernatant (s. of supernatans), prp. of supernatare to swim or float above. See SUPER , NATANT] * * * …   Universalium

  • supernatant — See s. fluid. [super + L. natare, to swim] * * * su·per·na·tant .sü pər nāt ənt n the usu. clear liquid overlying material deposited by settling, precipitation, or centrifugation supernatant adj * * * su·per·na·tant (soo″pər… …   Medical dictionary

  • supernatant — su•per•na•tant [[t]ˌsu pərˈneɪt nt[/t]] adj. floating above or on the surface • Etymology: 1655–65; < L supernatant , s. of supernatāns, prp. of supernatāre to swim above. See super , natant …   From formal English to slang

  • supernatant — adj. & n. esp. Chem. adj. floating on the surface of a liquid. n. a supernatant substance. Etymology: SUPER + natant swimming (as NATATION) …   Useful english dictionary

  • supernatant — 1. adjective a) Lying above a sediment or precipitate b) Floating on the surface of a liquid 2. noun a) The liquid that lies above a sediment or precipitate; …   Wiktionary

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