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precipitate into (something)

1. To form into a solid state out of a liquid solution. After evaporation the solution will precipitate into sodium uranyl carbonate. We must mix in a special additive to prevent the solution from precipitating into crystals.
2. To cause or catalyze the formation of something into a solid state out of a gaseous or liquid solution. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "precipitate" and "into." Hanging a paperclip in the solution will precipitate the dissolved sugar into a cluster of solid crystals.
3. To form condense and fall from the air as a form of water. The humidity was pushed high into the freezing mountain air where it precipitated into heavy snow. The air had a heavy feeling to it, like it could precipitate into rain at any moment.
4. To turn into something more coherent, definite, or serious, usually from a combination of multiple, less tangible elements or aspects. The feelings of unrest and anger have begun precipitating into organized protests against the government. Regulatory oversights and an overall lack of accountability have precipitated into a series of banking scandals that have brought the world economy to its knees.
5. To cause something to turn into a more coherent, definite, or serious state, situation, or condition. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "precipitate" and "into." If the parliament fails to pass legislation that satisfies both sides, it could precipitate this volatile situation into a full-blown civil war. A fistfight between a bystander and a protester quickly precipitated the peaceful demonstration into a massive riot.
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precipitate into something

 
1. Lit. [for a chemical] to go out of solution into solid form. The sodium chloride precipitated into a salt. Will this compound precipitate into anything if I cool it?
2. Fig. [for something] to become a more serious matter. By then, the street fight had precipitated into a riot. We were afraid that the argument would precipitate into a fight.
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precipitate something into something

 
1. Lit. to cause a chemical to go out of a solution into a solid form. Adding just one salt grain at the right time will precipitate the salt dissolved into the water into large crystals. One grain precipitated the dissolved salt into crystals.
2. Fig. to cause something to become more serious. The gunshot precipitated the incident into a riot. The rally was precipitated into a serious brawl.
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The importance of bacterial infections as precipitating factors of chronic hepatic encephalopathy in cirrhosis.
Faloon WW , Evans GL, Precipitating factors in the genesis of hepatic coma.
Alam I, Razaullah, Haider I, Humayun M, Taqweem MA, Nisar M.Spectrum of precipitating factors of hepatic encepahalopathy in liver cirrhosis.
Ahmed I, Amin ZA, Ashraf HM, Determination of factors precipitating encephalopathy in patients with liver cirrhosis.
The most probable precipitating factors for falls could be judged in 331 (68.7%; 95% confidence interval [CI], 64.6-72.8) of the 482 registered falls.
Acute disease or symptoms of disease, including exacerbations of chronic diseases and syncope, were judged to be precipitating factors in 186 (38.6%; 95% CI, 34.3-42.9) of all falls (Table 2).
Drugs were judged to be a precipitating factor in 37 (7.7%; 95% CI, 5.7-9.7) falls (Table 3).
In all 3 falls, the hip protectors were a precipitating factor in combination with usual clothing.
(28) Major precipitating factors were acute diseases, drug side effects, external factors, and other conditions both related to the individual and the environment.
Acute diseases, often commonplace and treatable, seem to be important precipitating factors for falls in this population, and the risk-factor profile with increased susceptibility is probably one explanation for this.
Delirium, here the most frequent precipitating symptom, is by definition usually a symptom of an underlying disease.
One explanation for the higher proportion of acute diseases as precipitating factors in this study is probably the accuracy with which the falls were followed up by 3 different professionals.
However, these drugs were important precipitating factors alone, in combination with each other or in combination with other drugs, and they accounted for 32 out of the 37 falls precipitated by drugs.
Drugs as precipitating factors were mainly related to first-dose problems, but also to side effects at dose escalations.
It is only the possible role of antidepressants as precipitating factors that is discussed here.