1. An apparatus consisting essentially of a compartment spun about a central axis to separate contained materials of different specific gravities, or to separate colloidal particles suspended in a liquid.
2. An apparatus in which humans or animals are enclosed and which is revolved to simulate the effects of acceleration in a spacecraft.
tr.v. cen·tri·fuged, cen·tri·fug·ing, cen·tri·fug·es
To rotate (something) in a centrifuge or to separate, dehydrate, or test by means of this apparatus.
[French, centrifugal, from New Latin centrifugus; see CENTRIFUGAL.]
cen·trif′u·gation (sĕn-trĭf′yə-gāshən, -trĭf′ə-) n.
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