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Pronunciation: sed'i-ment


  1. Insoluble material that tends to sink to the bottom of a liquid, as in hypostasis.
  2. To cause or effect the formation of a sediment or deposit, as in centrifugation or ultracentrifugation.

Synonym(s): sedimentum

[L. sedimentum, a settling, fr. sedeo, to sit, settle down]

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