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precipitate

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[prɪˈsɪpɪteɪt], (Verb)

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- cause (an event or situation, typically one that is undesirable) to happen suddenly, unexpectedly, or prematurely
(e.g: the incident precipitated a political crisis)

- cause (a substance) to be deposited in solid form from a solution
(e.g: cell proteins were then precipitated and washed in 10% trichloroacetic acid)


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Origin:
early 16th century: from Latin praecipitat- ‘thrown headlong’, from the verb praecipitare, from praeceps, praecip(it)- ‘headlong’, from prae ‘before’ + caput ‘head’. The original sense of the verb was ‘hurl down, send violently’; hence ‘cause to move rapidly’, which gave rise to sense 1 (early 17th century)


[prɪˈsɪpɪtət], (Adjective)

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- done, made, or acting suddenly or without careful consideration
(e.g: I must apologize for my staff—their actions were precipitate)


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[prɪˈsɪpɪteɪt], (Noun)

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- a substance precipitated from a solution.


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