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retort re·tort (rĭ-tôrt', rē'tôrt')
A closed laboratory vessel with an outlet tube, used for distillation, sublimation, or decomposition by heat.
vessel used for distillation of substances that are placed inside and subjected to heat. The simple form of retort, used in some laboratories, is a glass or metal bulb having a long, curved spout through which the distillate may pass to enter a receiving vessel. The design dates back to the cucurbit (flask) used by medieval alchemists.