Definition of aliquot in English:

aliquot

Line breaks: ali|quot
Pronunciation: /ˈalɪkwɒt
 
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noun

  • 1A portion of a larger whole, especially a sample taken for chemical analysis or other treatment: an aliquot was examined daily for the appearance of cholesterol monohydrate crystals
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    • The pellets were resuspended and two aliquots withdrawn for analysis.
    • Sample aliquots were frozen and stored for later analyses.
    • After mixing and centrifugation, aliquots of the acetic acid phase were injected onto a Chromatographic system for quantitation of catecholamines.
  • 1.1 (also aliquot part or portion) Mathematics A quantity which can be divided into another a whole number of times.
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    • Note that 10 is not an aliquot part of 10 since it is not a proper quotient, i.e. a quotient different from the number itself.
    • ‘Any citizen who doubts this,’ Rothbard suggested, ‘may try to appropriate for his own individual use his aliquot part of ‘public’ property and then try to argue his case in court.’
    • As he put it, ‘Any member of the ‘public’ who thinks he owns the property may test this theory by trying to appropriate for his own individual use his aliquot part of government property.’

verb

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  • Divide (a whole) into aliquots: this solution was then aliquoted for three separate mass spectrometer analyses
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    • The solution was then aliquoted into individual 435-l volumes.
    • After 10 min of incubation at room temperature, 1.25 ml of solubilized extracts were aliquoted into 1.7-ml microcentrifuge tubes.
    • Following etherization, flies were aliquoted into groups of 20, placed into vials, and allowed 1 day for recovery from etherization.

Origin

late 16th century: from French aliquote, from Latin aliquot 'some, so many', from alius 'one of two' + quot 'how many'.

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