is a laboratory technique
used to separate
the components of a vapor
containing a mixture
s. This is done by taking advantage of the fact that the different chemical
s have different boiling point
s. The mixture undergoes repeated condensation
s, where the chemical
with the highest boiling point condenses
out of the vapor
first and can be separated from the rest, then the chemical
with the next highest boiling point
condenses out, etc.
From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.