AskDefine | Define fractionate

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fractionate

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1 separate into constituents or fractions containing concentrated constituents
2 obtain by a fractional process

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  1. To separate (a mixture) into its individual constituents by exploiting differences in some chemical or physical property, such as boiling point, particle size, solubility etc.
    Crude oil is fractionated in a refinery to produce a number of different petroleum products.

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