AskDefine | Define elute

Dictionary Definition

elute v : wash out with a solvent, as in chromatography

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IPN: / 'i lut /


elutus (washed out), 1731.


  1. The act of separating one substance from another by means of a solvent; to wash; to cleanse.
    A mixture of isooctane and ethyl acetate can be used to elute triglycerides from a complex lipid solution.

Derived terms


  • Elute, Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, 2007.

Extensive Definition

Elution refers to the emergence of chemicals from the column of a chromatograph. The chemicals then typically flow into a detector of some description. Predicting and controlling the order of elution is a key aspect of column chromatographic methods.


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