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distillation

Pronunciation: dis'ti-la'shun

Definition: Volatilization of a liquid by heat and subsequent condensation of the vapor; a means of separating the volatile from the nonvolatile, or the more volatile from the less volatile, part of a liquid mixture.

[L. de-(di-)stillo, pp. -atus, to drop down]

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