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Steam Distillation Definition

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Steam distillation is used to separate two liquids that have different boiling points.

Steam distillation is used to separate two liquids that have different boiling points.

Joanna Kośmider, public domain

Steam Distillation Definition: Steam distillation is a separation process used to purify or isolate temperature sensitive materials, like natural aromatic compounds. Steam or water is added to the distillation apparatus, lowering the boiling points of the compounds. The goal is to heat and separate the components at temperatures below their decomposition point.

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