Navigation


vortex

verb; zero derivation
to mix a mixture in a tube by using a instrument that shakes the tube to create a whirling mass in the tube
 
Vortex originally meant a whirling mass. In the lab where mixtures need to be well-mixed for successful experiments, instruments have been developed to mix samples. Based on their function, they were named vortexes. As they became more popular and more widely used, it became cumbersome to say "I'm going to mix my sample by using the vortex machine," leading to the zero-derivation of to vortex to mean to mix a sample via the vortex machine. It is most often used in biology laboratories where vortexing mixtures is prevalent.
Etymology : The verb to vortex was zero-derived from the noun vortex. Vortex comes from Latin vortex, variant of vertex, meaning 'an eddy water, wind, or flame; whirlpool; whirlwind.' It comes from the stem vertere, volv 'to turn.'
Source : "I vortexed my sample and now it's ready for reactions." (graduate student, October 2008)
Last modified: 1 December 2008


Navigation

# $ & ( + - 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 @
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z [ a ab c e f g u v




Options