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fractionation

[frak-shuh-ney-shuh n] /ˌfræk ʃəˈneɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of fractionating.
2.
the state of being fractionated.
3.
Military. the division of a missile's payload into several warheads.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; fractionate + -ion
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  • Both of these processes, known as fractionation, are temperature dependent.
fractionation in Medicine

fractionation frac·tion·a·tion (frāk'shə-nā'shən)
n.

  1. The process of dividing or separating into parts; breaking up.

  2. The division of a total therapeutic dose of radiation into small doses to be administered over a period of days or weeks.

  3. The separation of a chemical compound into components, as by distillation.

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fractionation in Science
fractionation
  (frāk'shə-nā'shən)   
The separation of a chemical compound into components by fractional crystallization or fractional distillation.
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