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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.


To expose a suspension of cells or microbes to the disruptive effect of the energy of high frequency sound waves.


(sŏn′ĭ-kāt) [L. sonus, sound]
To expose to sound waves.


1. to expose to sound waves; to disrupt bacteria by exposure to high-frequency sound waves.
2. the products of such disruption.

Patient discussion about sonicate

Q. do you know what are the pros and cons of the Sonic toothbrush from Oral B (electric tooth brush)? last night, my best friend raved about it for a whole hour. My dentist told me to use a soft brush (number 35) to clean my teeth and that the electric brushes are a bit over rated. My friend specifically told me about the Sonic product and told me that it also makes his teeth whiter. I wanted to know if anybody has any knowledge or experience from first hand about this product or any good information about it.

A. Thank you for the frank answer. I wonder if I can find a really soft electric toothbrush

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Cells were collected by centrifugation, resuspended in the sonicating buffer (140 mM NaCl, 2.
Their findings show that thermal sonicating technology causes weakening of the cell by forming cavitation in the cellular structure and disruption and breakdown of cellular materials, formation of pores, lack or clumping of cellular material, breakdown of cell membrane, and inactivation of the target microorganism.
The powders were carefully washed twice using chloroform, twice by acetone and once by diethyl ether, sonicating for 10 min every time that fresh solvent was added.
The samples were then removed from the solution and cleaned by sonicating for 30 minutes in methanol to remove the excess monomer.
We formed suspensions in water by adding dry beads to water, shaking vigorously for 40 s, and then sonicating for 60 s.
External contamination was removed by sonicating the nails with 1% Triton X-100 solution for 20 min (Sigma-Aldrich Inc.
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.
The particular sonication variables (time and amplitude setting) used for removing maternal cells described above were established by sonicating sperm storage organs for varying lengths of time and for different amplitude settings.
74 g samples of wood flour and extracting this material in 25 mL of methanol in screw cap bottles while sonicating for 3 hours.
The particle suspensions were used immediately after dilution and sonicated by means of a sonicating tip with a power output between 7 and 10 W at 22.
The technique consists of cross-linking proteins with DNA in cells on Petri dishes, harvesting the cells, and sonicating the cells, first to isolate and break down the nuclei and then to fragment the DNA (desired size usually 200-1000 nucleotides).