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Pronunciation: e-lu'shun


  1. The separation, by washing, of one solid from another.
  2. The removal, by means of a suitable solvent, of one material from another that is insoluble in that solvent, as in column chromatography.
  3. The removal of antibodies absorbed onto the erythrocyte surface.

Synonym(s): elutriation

[L. e-luo, pp. lutus, to wash out]

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