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Thursday, September 01, 2011

substrate

\SUHB-streyt\ , noun;
1.
Something that is spread or laid under something else.
2.
In biochemistry. the substance acted upon by an enzyme.
3.
In electronics, a supporting material on which a circuit is formed or fabricated.
Quotes:
Perhaps, over millenia of time, periods of very intense erosion would be required to renew the weathering substrate and in effect renew the ecosystem.
-- F. Herbert Bormann, Gene E. Likens, Pattern And Process In a Forested Ecosystem
Under the desk a strange odor rises from the trays of substrate, fumey and metallic.
-- F. G. Priest, Iain Campbell -, Brewing Microbiology
Origin:
Substrate combines the Latin sub-, "under," and sternere, "to spread."
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