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precipitation

 [pre-sip″ĭ-ta´shun]
the act or process of precipitating.
precipitation test precipitin test.

pre·cip·i·ta·tion

(prē-sip'i-tā'shŭn),
1. The process of formation of a solid previously held in solution or suspension in a liquid.
2. The phenomenon of clumping of proteins in serum produced by the addition of a specific precipitin.
[see precipitate]

precipitation

[-sip′itā′shən]
Etymology: L, praecipitare, to cast down
a process whereby solid particles are made to settle out of a solution so that they can be separated from other dissolved substances.

precipitation

Chemistry
The formation of a solid when crystals in a solution reach a point of complete saturation.
 
Haematology
Sedimentation, see there.
 
Immunology
Immunoprecipitation, see there.

pre·cip·i·ta·tion

(prĕ-sip'i-tā'shŭn)
1. The process of formation of a solid previously held in solution or suspension in a liquid.
2. The phenomenon of clumping of proteins in serum produced by the addition of a specific precipitin.
See also: precipitate

precipitation

the act or process of precipitating.

precipitation test
see precipitin reaction.
References in classic literature ?
We are now on a level with the precipitous chain, or wall of lava, linking the two Breasts, and the view is glorious.
In this order we cut to the right through the forest to the foot of the hill where precipitous cliffs appeared to bar our farther progress in this direction.
Tarzan scanned the precipitous walls for an avenue of escape.
After a steep climb and a short walk they halted at the edge of a precipitous cliff and Schneider looked down into a narrow gulch where a single tree grew beside a tiny rivulet and sparse grass broke from a rock-strewn soil.
He had, only a few hours before, climbed the precipitous stairway; but it was impossible, and he knew it, to descend the stairway.
The valley soon began to narrow, and the sides to grow lofty and more precipitous.
The sides of the valley were here nearly precipitous, but, as frequently happens with stratified rocks, small ledges projected, which were thickly covered by wild bananas, lilaceous plants, and other luxuriant productions of the tropics.
In the less precipitous parts we passed through extensive groves of the wild banana.
A few rapid strides, and a little active clambering, soon brought me to the place where she was seated - a narrow ledge of rock at the very verge of the cliff, which descended with a steep, precipitous slant, quite down to the rocky shore.
The ascent is precipitous, but the path is cut into continual and short windings, which enable you to surmount the perpendicularity of the mountain.
They climbed out of the smelting town, where eyrie houses perched insecurely on a precipitous landscape.
And really, looking at that place, landlocked from the sea and shut off from the land by the precipitous slopes of mountains, it was difficult to believe in the existence of any neighbourhood.