Variant of isolate
- 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: back-form. from isolated from Italian isolato, past participle of isolare, to isolate from isola from Classical Latin insula, island: see isle
- 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.
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