an apparatus that rotates at high speed and by centrifugal force separates substances of different densities, as milk and cream.
verb (used with object), centrifuged, centrifuging.
Also, centrifugalize. to subject to the action of a centrifuge.

1795–1805; < French, noun use of centrifuge (adj.) < Neo-Latin centrifugus center-fleeing; see centrifugal

centrifugation [sen-trif-yuh-gey-shuhn, -trif-uh-] , noun
recentrifuge, verb (used with object), recentrifuged, recentrifuging.
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centrifuge (ˈsɛntrɪˌfjuːdʒ)
1.  any of various rotating machines that separate liquids from solids or dispersions of one liquid in another, by the action of centrifugal force
2.  any of various rotating devices for subjecting human beings or animals to varying accelerations for experimental purposes
3.  (tr) to subject to the action of a centrifuge

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1887, "a centrifuge machine," originally (1809) a machine for separating cream from milk, from centrifugal.
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centrifuge cen·tri·fuge (sěn'trə-fyōōj')
An apparatus consisting essentially of a compartment spun about a central axis to separate contained materials of different densities, or to separate colloidal particles suspended in a liquid. v. cen·tri·fuged, cen·tri·fug·ing, cen·tri·fug·es
To rotate something in a centrifuge or to separate, dehydrate, or test by means of this apparatus.

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centrifuge   (sěn'trə-fyj')  Pronunciation Key 
A machine that separates substances of different densities in a sample by rotating the sample at very high speed, causing the substance to be displaced outward, sometimes through a series of filters or gratings. Denser substances tend to be displaced from the center more than ones that are less dense.
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