Distillate Definition in Chemistry

Distillates in Distillation

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A distillate is the vapor in a distillation that is collected and condensed into a liquid. Alternatively, it is the name of the product obtained from the distillation process.

Examples

Alcohol prepared for consumption is a good example of a distillate. Distilled liquors include whiskey, tequila, and some types of vodka. Distillation of air yields liquid nitrogen, oxygen, and argon as distillates. Distillation of crude oil is used to produce fuel as a distillate.