supernatant

supernatant

[soo-per-neyt-nt]
adjective
floating above or on the surface.

Origin:
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)
 
adj
1.  floating on the surface or over something
2.  chem (of a liquid) lying above a sediment or settled precipitate
 
[C17: from Latin supernatāre to float, from super- + natāre to swim]
 
superna'tation
 
n

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