Precipitant definition

prĭ-sĭpĭ-tənt
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Abrupt or unexpected; sudden.
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Rushing or falling headlong.
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Acting with or marked by impulsiveness in thought or action; rash.
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A substance that causes a precipitate to form when it is added to a solution.
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A substance which, when added to a solution, causes the formation of a precipitate.
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That falls headlong, or causes a headlong fall.
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(chemistry) That causes precipitation.
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A substance that forms a precipitate when added to a solution.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
precipitant
Plural:
precipitants

Origin of precipitant

  • Latin praecipitāns praecipitant- present participle of praecipitāre to throw headlong precipitate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French precipitant, from Latin praecipitans, present participle of praecipitare (“to cast down headlong"), from praeceps (“head foremost, headlong"), from prae (“before") + caput (“head").

    From Wiktionary