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critical temperature

noun, Physics.
1.
the temperature of a pure element or compound at a critical point.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
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Examples from the web for critical temperature
  • Above the critical temperature, the net interaction between two electrons is repulsive.
  • And finally, these effects must switch on at a specific critical temperature.
  • The interesting effect occurs in the layer between them as they mix, which becomes entirely opaque at the critical temperature.
  • Above the critical temperature and pressure, a substance has only a single fluid phase.
British Dictionary definitions for critical temperature

critical temperature

noun
1.
the temperature of a substance in its critical state. A gas can only be liquefied by pressure alone at temperatures below its critical temperature
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critical temperature in Medicine

critical temperature n.
The temperature above which a gas cannot be liquefied, regardless of the pressure applied.

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critical temperature in Science
critical temperature  
  1. The temperature of a substance at its critical point.

  2. The temperature at which a material becomes a superconductor.

  3. The temperature at which a property of a material, such as its magnetism, changes.


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