Definition of supernatant in English:


Line breaks: super|natant
Pronunciation: /ˌsuːpəˈneɪt(ə)nt
, ˌsjuː-/


  • Denoting the liquid lying above a solid residue after crystallization, precipitation, centrifugation, or other process: carefully transfer the supernatant fluid into a 15 ml centrifuge tube
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    • Samples were then centrifuged (17,000 × g for 10 min), and supernatant fluid was stored at - 20°C for VFA analysis.
    • Ammonia N was determined on the supernatant fluid using the phenol-hypochlorite procedure.
    • The supernatant fluid was filtered and centrifuged.


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  • A volume of supernatant liquid: the supernatants were filtered and analysed
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    • The suspensions were spun at 1000 g for 30 minutes and the supernatants were filtered and lyophilized.
    • All extracts were centrifuged at 10000 rpm for 5 min, and the supernatants were then evaporated under vacuum to dryness and resuspended in appropriate solvents to a final concentration of 1 mg/ml.
    • After various time intervals the supernatants were removed, cell samples were fixed with paraformaldehyde solution for 30 minutes at room temperature.

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