[frak-shuh-neyt] /ˈfræk ʃəˌneɪt/

verb (used with object), fractionated, fractionating.
to separate or divide into component parts, fragments, divisions, etc.
to separate (a mixture) into ingredients or into portions having different properties, as by distillation or crystallization; cause to undergo , crystallization, or the like.
to obtain by such a process.
to separate or cause to separate into constituents or into fractions containing concentrated constituents
(transitive) (chem) to obtain (a constituent of a mixture) by a fractional process


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