critical state

noun Physics.
the state of a pure element or compound when it is at a critical point.

Origin:
1895–1900

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critical state
 
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Also called: critical point the state of a substance in which two of its phases have the same temperature, pressure, and volume

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critical state  
The state of matter of a substance at its critical point.
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Example sentences
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.
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