Aliquot

Definition

adjective

Of, relating to or denoting an exact factor or divisor of a quantity, i.e. not resulting in a remainder, e.g. an aliquot part of 8 is 2.

noun

(mathematics) An aliquot part; a portion of a whole.

(chemistry) A sample or a portion of the total amount of a solution.

(pharmacology) A method of measuring ingredient below the sensitivity of a scale.


Supplement

In chemistry and pharmacology, it is common that a solution of a reagent is divided into aliquots so that there is no need in handling the total sample when a small portion is only needed.


Word origin: from the Latin aliquoties, "several times"

Compare: aliquant

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