Supernatant meaning

so͝opər-nātnt
The definition of a supernatant is a clear fluid that rises to the top.

An example of a supernatant is a fluid on top of a sediment.

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The clear fluid above a sediment or precipitate.
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Floating on the surface or over something.
adjective
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The definition of supernatant is floating over or on the surface of something.

An example of supernatant used as an adjective is in the phrase "supernatant liquid" which means a liquid that comes to the top of a mixture and rests on the surface.

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Floating on the surface.
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(chem.) Designating or of a liquid standing above a precipitate.
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(of a liquid) Lying above a sediment or precipitate.
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Floating on the surface of a liquid.

Oil supernatant on water.

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The liquid that lies above a sediment or precipitate; supernate.
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Material that floats on the surface of a liquid.
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Origin of supernatant

  • Latin supernatāns supernatant- present participle of supernatāre to float super- super- natāre to swim frequentative of nāre snā- in Indo-European roots

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

  • super- +"Ž natant

    From Wiktionary