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refrigeration

[ri-frij-uh-rey-shuh n] /rɪˌfrɪdʒ əˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of refrigerating.
2.
the state of being refrigerated.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English refrigeracion < Latin refrīgerātiōn- (stem of refrīgerātiō). See refrigerate, -ion
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Examples for refrigeration
  • Definitely capable of heating or cooling a house or for heating hot water or cooking or clothes drying or refrigeration.
  • For the first time milk could be kept pure and storable without benefit of refrigeration.
  • In a country with no refrigeration, they transport animals alive to keep them fresh.
  • Net technologies further improved catch rates, and refrigeration stretched the fishing boats' capabilities even further.
  • With augmentation, the solar suitcase powers blood bank refrigeration, permitting life-saving transfusions to occur without delay.
  • Perhaps manufacturers will lease you a fridge and charge a low monthly rate for managing your refrigeration needs.
  • Raisins contain antioxidants, which may have helped mask the rancid flavor of spoiling meat in the days before refrigeration.
  • The mailbox of tomorrow ought to be a cubic yard, with the potential for refrigeration.
  • Losses could be reduced by building new silos and better roads and providing more refrigeration, but those things are expensive.
  • The labels do not count the energy needed for refrigeration, lighting and heating in shops.
Word Origin and History for refrigeration
refrigeration
late 15c., "act of cooling or freezing," from L. refrigerationem "mitigation of heat," especially in sickness, noun of action from refrigerare, from re- "again" + frigerare "make cool," from frigus (gen. frigoris) "cold." Specifically of "freezing provisions as a means of preserving them" from 1881.
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refrigeration in Medicine

refrigeration re·frig·er·a·tion (rĭ-frĭj'ə-rā'shən)
n.

  1. The act or process of cooling a substance.

  2. The act or process of preserving by cooling.

  3. The reducing of a fever.


re·frig'er·ate' v.
re·frig'er·a'tive or re·frig'er·a·to'ry (-ər-ə-tôr'ē) adj.
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