- Present participle of isolate.
Variant of isolate
transitive verbisolated, isolating
- to set apart from others; place alone
- Chem. to separate (an element or compound) in pure form from substances with which it is combined or mixed
- Med. to place (a patient) apart from others to prevent the spread of infection
- Microbiol. to grow a pure culture of (a microbe), usually as individual colonies on a solid medium
Origin of isolateback-formation ; from isolated ; from Italian isolato, past participle of isolare, to isolate ; from isola ; from Classical Latin insula, island: see isle
of or relating to someone or something that is set apart
- a person or group that is set apart
- Psychol., Sociology a person who is separated from normal social activity, as through choice, rejection, psychological problems, etc.