Definition of precipitant in English:


Line breaks: pre¦cipi|tant
Pronunciation: /prɪˈsɪpɪt(ə)nt


  • 1A cause of a particular action or event: the immediate precipitants of the conflict
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    • Guided by these principles, he made several criticisms of the police as both background to and immediate precipitants of the disorders.
    • Stress itself could be a possible precipitant of urticaria.
    • Last but not least, one should look for stress as a precipitant.
  • 1.1chiefly Psychology A cause or stimulus which precipitates a particular condition: depression may be a precipitant in many cases
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    • Cognitive models focus on maladaptive or biased thought processes, whereas interpersonal models focus on social difficulties and stressful interpersonal environments as precipitants of psychopathology.
    • While it is a statistical certainty that some Ecstasy users will present for psychiatric services, the current available data shed little light on whether Ecstasy use is a precipitant, modifier or consequence of psychiatric illness.
    • Most reported interventions have begun with assessment of seizure precipitants, looking particularly for emotionally based triggers for seizures.
  • 2 Chemistry A substance that causes the precipitation of a specified substance: a protein precipitant
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    • The model protein lysozyme in the presence of the precipitant, sodium chloride, was used in this study.
    • Under real crystallization conditions, potential phase perturbants, such as proteins, native membrane lipids, detergents, and precipitants, will be present.
    • The precipitants with protein A-Sepharose were divided into three equal parts, one for the kinase assay at 25°, one for the kinase assay at 37°, and one for the Western blotting.



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  • Their precipitance (which would create the tribes of Moabites and Ammonites) seems undue, since Lot's wife, recently turned into a pillar of salt, stands just outside the cave.
  • Immediate precipitance of his violent acts have included frustration at his demands not being met by his multi-disciplinary team.


early 17th century: from obsolete French précipitant 'precipitating', present participle of précipiter.

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