extraction extraction  /ɪk ˈstræk ʃən/


  1. (n) the process of obtaining something from a mixture or compound by chemical or physical or mechanical means
  2. (n) properties attributable to your ancestry
  3. (n) the action of taking out something (especially using effort or force)



  1. Menstrual extraction requires little or no dilation in most cases.
  2. The iron ore extraction facility operated by Brazilian firm Companhia Vale Rio Doce is one of the most efficient and spectacular mining complexes in the world.
  3. Vieux, who was born in Paris of Haitian extraction, is a consummate matchmaker who never stops schmoozing.


  1. MO BIO Laboratories, Inc. launches the first kit for protein extraction from soil

    CARLSBAD, Calif., June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MO BIO Laboratories, Inc., the leader in soil, plant, stool and other challenging microbial nucleic acid purification, announces the launch of the NoviPure™ Soil Protein Extraction Kit, for extraction of pure protein from all soil...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: PR Newswire

  2. 'Fracking' comes to Illinois amid a wave of money and controversy

    Oil-extraction process could restart southern Illinois — but at what environmental cost?
    on June 19, 2013     Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  3. Ohio’s big experiment on safe shale-gas extraction

    Rhe real question in America today may not be the whether of shale extraction but rather the how, writes Neal Peirce. That’s why all eyes are on Ohio’s experiment with new fracking regulations.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Seattle Times


  1. Obama says that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill shows that "we have to acknowledge that there are inherent risks to drilling four miles beneath the surface of the Earth - risks that are bound to increase the harder oil extraction becomes."
    on Jun 2, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: The Hill (blog)

  2. "For 40 years a couple of oil companies worked on the tar sands extraction process, not its environmental impacts. It was Alberta's massive expansion of tar sands leasing over the last few years, ignoring serious unanswered environmental and public...
    on Aug 23, 2008 By: Gary Stewart Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

  3. "Home equity extraction will ease and with it some of the strength in personal consumption expenditures," Greenspan said in the text of a speech at the close of a two-day Kansas City Fed symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
    on Aug 31, 2005 By: Alan Greenspan Source: Bloomberg

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