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precipitant

[pri-sip-i-tuh nt] /prɪˈsɪp ɪ tənt/
adjective
1.
falling headlong.
2.
rushing headlong, rapidly, or hastily onward.
3.
hasty; rash.
4.
unduly sudden or abrupt.
noun
5.
Chemistry. anything that causes precipitation.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin praecipitant- (stem of praecipitāns), present participle of praecipitāre to cast down headlong. See precipitate, -ant
Related forms
precipitantly, adverb
unprecipitant, adjective
unprecipitantly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for precipitant

precipitant

/prɪˈsɪpɪtənt/
adjective
1.
hasty or impulsive; rash
2.
rushing or falling rapidly or without heed
3.
abrupt or sudden
noun
4.
(chem) a substance or agent that causes a precipitate to form
Derived Forms
precipitance, precipitancy, noun
precipitantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for precipitant
adj.

1610s, from Latin precipitantem, present participle of praecipitare (see precipitate (v.)). As a noun in chemistry from 1680s. The adjective senses now are taken by precipitate (adj.).

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precipitant in Medicine

precipitant pre·cip·i·tant (prĭ-sĭp'ĭ-tənt)
n.
A substance that causes a precipitate to form when it is added to a solution.

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