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Soxhlet extractor

1. n. [Formation Evaluation]
An apparatus for cleaning core samples using the distillation extraction method. In the Soxhlet apparatus (also called extractor, or chamber), the sample soaks in hot solvent that is periodically siphoned off, distilled and returned to the sample. The process continues until the siphoned-off solvent becomes clear. In the Soxhlet apparatus, the sample soaks in the solvent, while in the Dean-Stark apparatus, the solvent flows through the sample from top to bottom.