Supernate Definition in Chemistry

Chemistry Glossary Definition of Supernate

This diagram illustrates the process of chemical precipitation.
This diagram illustrates the process of chemical precipitation. ZabMilenko, Wikipedia

In chemistry, the supernate is the name given to the liquid found above a precipitate or sediment. Usually, the fluid is translucent. The term is best applied to the liquid above a precipitation reaction, after the precipitate has settled out, or to the liquid above the pellet from centrifugation. However, it may be applied to describe liquid after sediment has settled out of any mixture.

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  • Zumdahl, Steven S. (2005). Chemical Principles (5th ed.). New York: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-618-37206-7.
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