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’.