[ee-loot, ih-loot]
verb (used with object), eluted, eluting. Physical Chemistry.
to remove by dissolving, as absorbed material from an adsorbent.

1725–35; < Latin ēlūtus, past participle of ēluere to wash out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + -luere, combining form of lavere to wash (see lave)

elution, noun
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elute (iːˈluːt, ɪˈluːt)
(tr) to wash out (a substance) by the action of a solvent, as in chromatography
[C18: from Latin ēlūtus rinsed out, from ēluere to wash clean, from luere to wash, lave]

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1610s, from L. elutionem, noun of action from eluere (see elude).
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elution e·lu·tion (ĭ-lōō'shən)

  1. The chromatographic process of using a solvent to extract an adsorbed substance from a solid adsorbing medium.

  2. The removal of antibody from the antigen to which it is attached.

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elution   (ĭ-l'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
The process of extracting a substance that is adsorbed to another by washing it with a solvent. ◇ The substance used as a solvent in elution is called an eluent. ◇ The solution of the solvent and the substance that was adsorbed to another is called the eluate.
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