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1. to expose to sound waves; to disrupt bacteria by exposure to high-frequency sound waves.
2. the products of such disruption.
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To expose a suspension of cells or microbes to the disruptive effect of the energy of high frequency sound waves.
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(sŏn′ĭ-kāt) [L. sonus, sound]
To expose to sound waves.
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In conjunction with sonicating, an IKA RW20 electric mixer was used at 690 rpm-715 rpm.
We prepared n-Ag stock solutions by sonicating n-Ag solution into synthetic spring water in an ice bath for 45 min.
An [alpha]-[Fe.sub.2][O.sub.3] nanoparticle-modified glassy carbon electrode (GC/[alpha]-[Fe.sub.2][O.sub.3]) was fabricated by dispersing 1mg of the synthesized [alpha]-[Fe.sub.2][O.sub.3] nanoparticles in 1 mL of deionized water and then sonicating them for 30 min to ensure a homogeneous dispersion.
Titanium sheets (0.2 mm x 50 mm x 50 mm, 99.6% purity) were polished by metallographic abrasive paper and then degreased by sonicating process in acetone, isopropanol, and methanol.
The homogenate was frozen in liquid nitrogen and thawed to room temperature four times before sonicating on ice.
Bead stock was resuspended by vortexing and sonicating in water bath sonicator for 15 to 30 sec (Branson 1510, Danbury, CT).
The mobile phase consisted of gradient mixture of phosphate buffer (solvent A) and acetonitrile (solvent B) [HPLC grade, Qualigens, India], which were separately filtered through filter (0.45 [micro]) and degassed by sonicating for 3min.
(44) Graphite nanosheets have been prepared by sonicating expanded graphite in aqueous alcohol solution.
Total soluble sugars (SS) were determined according to the method of Hall and Haczkaylo (1963) by mixing 1 g ground sample with 40 ml 80% ethanol while sonicating the mixture for 1 h in a conical flask.