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tr.v. ex·tract·ed, ex·tract·ing, ex·tracts
1. To draw or pull out, often with great force or effort: extract a wisdom tooth; used tweezers to extract the splinter.
2. To obtain despite resistance: extract a promise.
3. To obtain from a substance by chemical or mechanical action, as by pressure, distillation, or evaporation.
4. To remove for separate consideration or publication; excerpt.
a. To derive or obtain (information, for example) from a source.
b. To deduce (a principle or doctrine); construe (a meaning).
c. To derive (pleasure or comfort) from an experience.
6. Mathematics To determine or calculate (the root of a number).
n. (ĕk′străkt′)
Something extracted, especially:
a. A passage from a literary work; an excerpt.
b. A concentrated preparation of the essential constituents of a food, flavoring, or other substance; a concentrate: maple extract.

[Middle English extracten, from Latin extrahere, extract- : ex-, ex- + trahere, to draw.]

ex·tract′a·ble, ex·tract′i·ble adj.
ex·trac′tor n.
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Adj.1.extractable - capable of being extracted
removable - capable of being removed or taken away or dismissed; "a removable cord"; "removable partitions"
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Extractable studies help them to achieve this goal because they enable the toxicological assessment of possible Leachables and identity the number of substances that need to be tested with validated methods in the subsequent leachable studies.
We have, it appears, trillions of cubic feet of shale gas under our land which will keep us in home-grown gas supplies for anything from several decades to several centuries, depending on how much of it is extractable, and it will relieve us of the necessity to import gas from potentially unfriendly and unstable countries such as Russia.
This has enabled the US to gain significantly more extractable oil resources, it said,
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