Meaning of “fractional distillation” in the English Dictionary

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"fractional distillation" in British English

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fractional distillationnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌfræk.ʃən.əl dɪs.tɪˈleɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌfræk.ʃən.əl dɪs.təˈleɪ.ʃən/ specialized

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  • In this fractional distillation a vast variety of products are now obtained. 
  • The ethers are returned as ethyl acetate, but from fractional distillation amyl acetate was found to be present. 
  • This apparatus was the forerunner of that used to-day, for effecting the separation of liquids which boil at different temperatures, by the process called fractional distillation. 

(Definition of “fractional distillation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fractional distillation" in American English

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fractional distillationnoun [ U ]

/ˈfræk·ʃə·nəl ˌdɪs·təlˈeɪ·ʃən/

chemistry the process of separating parts of a liquid by heating it gradually so that different parts become gas, rise up, then turn back into liquid that can be collected as they cool

(Definition of “fractional distillation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)