aliquot /ˈalɪkwɒt/


I. noun

1. a portion of a larger whole, especially a sample taken for chemical analysis or other treatment.

an aliquot was examined daily for the appearance of cholesterol monohydrate crystals.
2. (also aliquot part or portion)
[Mathematics] a quantity which can be divided into another a whole number of times.
II. verb [with obj.]

1. divide (a whole) into aliquots.

this solution was then aliquoted for three separate mass spectrometer analyses.
– origin late 16th cent.: from French aliquote, from Latin aliquot ‘some, so many’, from alius ‘one of two’ + quot ‘how many’.

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