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precipitate

Pronunciation: pre-sip'i-tat

Definition:

  1. To cause a substance in solution to separate out as a solid.
  2. A solid separated out from a solution or suspension; a floc or clump, such as that resulting from the mixture of a specific antigen and its antibody.
  3. Accumulation of inflammatory cells on the corneal endothelium in uveitis (keratic precipitates).

[L. praecipito, pp. -atus, to cast headlong]

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