AskDefine | Define sequestration

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1 the act of segregating or sequestering; "sequestration of the jury" [syn: segregation] [ant: integration]
2 the action of forming a chelate or other stable compound with an ion or atom or molecule so that it is no longer available for reactions
3 a writ that authorizes the seizure of property
4 seizing property that belongs to someone else and holding it until profits pay the demand for which it was seized [syn: requisition]

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  1. The process or act of sequestering.

Extensive Definition

The term sequestration can have different meanings according to the context.
  • Sequestration (law), the act of seizing property from the owner under process of law for the benefit of creditors or the state


In biochemistry, the term "sequestration" is used to indicate that a compound or metabolite is locked away so as to not to be readily available. The inhibition or prevention of normal ion behavior by combination with added materials, especially the prevention of metallic ion precipitation from solution by formation of a coordination compound with a tree/to leave or isolate form.

Climate change

With regard to climate change, the term "sequestration" denotes a technique for the permanent storage of carbon dioxide or other IR active compounds so they will not be released to the atmosphere where they would contribute to the greenhouse gas effect.
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