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clathrate

[klath-reyt] /ˈklæθ reɪt/
adjective
1.
Biology. resembling a lattice; divided or marked like latticework.
noun
2.
Chemistry. a substance in which a molecule of one compound fills a cavity within the crystal lattice of another compound.
Compare adduct.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin clāt(h)rātus, past participle of clāt(h)rāre to fit with bars, verbal derivative of clāt(h)ra bars, lattice < Greek, Doric equivalent of Attic klâithra, plural of klêithron bar; see clithral
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Examples from the web for clathrate
  • Clean out the hole at the top that is getting clogged with methane clathrate.
  • The guest occupancy of the hollow space is calculated by the same method as applied to clathrate hydrates.
  • Controlled environment sample cell for in situ neutron scattering studies of clathrate hydrates.
British Dictionary definitions for clathrate

clathrate

/ˈklæθreɪt/
adjective
1.
resembling a net or lattice
noun
2.
(chem) a solid compound in which molecules of one substance are physically trapped in the crystal lattice of another
Word Origin
C17: from Latin clāthrāre to provide with a lattice, from Greek klēthra, from klaithron a bar
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clathrate in Medicine

clathrate clath·rate (klāth'rāt')
adj.

  1. Having a latticelike structure or appearance.

  2. Of or relating to inclusion complexes in a chemical compound in which molecules of one substance are completely enclosed within the crystal structure of another.

n.
A clathrate compound, such as urea.
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