Meaning of fractionate

frac•tion•ate

Pronunciation: (frak'shu-nāt"), [key]
— -at•ed, -at•ing.
  1. to separate or divide into component parts, fragments, divisions, etc.
  2. to separate (a mixture) into ingredients or into portions having different properties, as by distillation or crystallization; cause to undergo fractional distillation, crystallization, or the like.
  3. to obtain by such a process.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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