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Meaning of inquartation

in•quar•ta•tion

Pronunciation: (in"kwôr-tā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. (in assaying) the addition of silver to a gold-silver alloy in order to facilitate the parting of the gold by nitric acid.
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