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supernatant

[soo-per-neyt-nt] /ˌsu pərˈneɪt nt/
adjective
1.
floating above or on the surface.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin supernatant- (stem of supernatāns), present participle of supernatāre to swim or float above. See super-, natant
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supernatant

/ˌsuːpəˈneɪtənt/
adjective
1.
floating on the surface or over something
2.
(chem) (of a liquid) lying above a sediment or settled precipitate
Derived Forms
supernatation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin supernatāre to float, from super- + natāre to swim
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Word Origin and History for supernatant
adj.

1660s, from Latin supernatantem (nominative supernatans), present participle of supernatare "to swim above," from super (see super-) + natare "to swim," frequentative of nare "to swim" (see natatorium).

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