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supernatant (adj.)

"floating on the surface," 1660s, from Latin supernatantem (nominative supernatans), present participle of supernatare "to swim above," from super "above, over" (see super-) + natare "to swim," frequentative of nare "to swim" (from PIE root *sna- "to swim"). Related: Supernatation (1620s).

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Definitions of supernatant
1
supernatant (n.)
the clear liquid that lies above a sediment or precipitate;
2
supernatant (adj.)
of a liquid; floating on the surface above a sediment or precipitate;
the supernatant fat was skimmed off
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