distillation

The extraction of the volatile components of a mixture by the condensation and collection of the vapors that are produced as the mixture is heated.

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Adapted from "distillation." American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved
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