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dilution

[dih-loo-shuh n, dahy-] /dɪˈlu ʃən, daɪ-/
noun
1.
the act of diluting or the state of being diluted.
2.
something diluted.
Origin of dilution
1640-1650
1640-50; dilute + -ion
Related forms
antidilution, adjective
nondilution, noun
overdilution, noun
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Examples from the Web for dilution
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  • Tables were prepared by means of which simple calculations for the dilution of any given latex could be made.

  • This staining can only be limited by dilution, but not by the addition of opposed dyes.

    Histology of the Blood Paul Ehrlich
  • It is difficult with makeshift devices to gauge this dilution accurately for every motor speed.

    Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
  • dilution, or addition of water, at once discharges the colour.

  • Why have you accepted his dilution of nonsense on Verlaine and Huysmans?

    Very Woman Remy de Gourmont
  • For the second dilution it would take 10,000 drops, or about a pint.

    Medical Essays Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • As to dilution, it is now accepted by the men, who said when it was proposed to them: "Why didn't you come to us six months ago?"

  • Instead of being the 30th dilution, it is about the 30th concentration.

    The Red Acorn John McElroy
  • Goodale begins with five drops of that dilution that just fails to cause a skin reaction.

    The Treatment of Hay Fever George Frederick Laidlaw
  • The dilution may be too great or too small to meet the needs of the infant.

    Dietetics for Nurses Fairfax T. Proudfit
British Dictionary definitions for dilution

dilution

/daɪˈluːʃən/
noun
1.
the act of diluting or state of being diluted
2.
a diluted solution
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Word Origin and History for dilution
n.

1640s, noun of action from past participle stem of Latin diluere (see dilute).

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dilution in Medicine

dilution di·lu·tion (dī-lōō'shən, dĭ-)
n.

  1. The act of reducing the concentration of a mixture or solution.

  2. A diluted solution.

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dilution in Science
dilution
  (dĭ-l'shən)   
The process of making a substance less concentrated by adding a solvent, such as water.
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