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critical state

noun, Physics.
the state of a pure element or compound when it is at a critical point.
Origin of critical state
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Progression to a more critical state of illness is likely for patients who continue to smoke.
  • Despite severe cutbacks, mission critical state civil service positions still are being advertised and filled.
  • Specifies that population projections should be a floor for requisite development except for areas of critical state concern.
  • On order, provide support of critical state and civil support missions.
British Dictionary definitions for critical state

critical state

the state of a substance in which two of its phases have the same temperature, pressure, and volume Also called critical point
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critical state in Science
critical state  
The state of matter of a substance at its critical point.
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