1 the process of thickening by dehydration
2 the act of thickening [syn: thickening]
Inspissation is the process of thickening by dehydration. More specifically, it is the process used when heating high-protein containing media; for example to enable recovery of bacteria for testing. Once inspissation has occurred, any stained bacteria, such as Mycobacteria, can then be isolated.
A common example of inspissation is frying an egg; the loss of water from the protein causes the egg to thicken from a gelatinous fluid to a solid.
A Serum inspissation or Fractional sterilization is a process of heating an article on 3 successive days as follows:
- Textbook of Microbiology by Prof. C P Baveja, ISBN 81-7855-266-3
- Textbook of Microbiology by Ananthanarayan and Panikar, ISBN 81-250-2808-0