|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|
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.
|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.