During filtration, the solution collected at the bottom of the conical flask is called the filtrate.
What are filtration and filtrate?
Filtration is a process that separates solid particles from liquids or gases using a medium called a filter. Filtration is important in the laboratory to separate and purify materials, but it’s also common in daily life. The filtrate is the fluid that passes through the filter. Filtration is often imperfect, so it’s common for a few particles to escape into the filtrate.
- Brewing coffee – During the brewing process, hot water passes over ground coffee. A coffee filter separates the grounds from the coffee, which is the filtrate.
- Water filters filter out large particles, which may include pathogens. Usually, these filters also use ion exchange to remove contaminants.