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eutectic

[yoo-tek-tik] /yuˈtɛk tɪk/ Physical Chemistry
adjective
1.
of greatest fusibility: said of an alloy or mixture whose melting point is lower than that of any other alloy or mixture of the same ingredients.
2.
noting or pertaining to such a mixture or its properties:
a eutectic melting point.
noun
3.
a eutectic substance.
Origin of eutectic
1880-1885
1880-85; < Greek eútēkt(os) easily melted, dissolved (eu- eu- + tēktós melted) + -ic
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  • Also, the morphology and the size of the eutectic silicon phase were altered.
British Dictionary definitions for eutectic

eutectic

/juːˈtɛktɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a mixture of substances, esp an alloy) having the lowest freezing point of all possible mixtures of the substances
2.
concerned with or suitable for the formation of eutectic mixtures
noun
3.
a eutectic mixture
4.
the temperature on a phase diagram at which a eutectic mixture forms
Word Origin
C19: from Greek eutēktos melting readily, from eu- + tēkein to melt
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eutectic
  (y-těk'tĭk)   

  1. The proportion of constituents in an alloy or other mixture that yields the lowest possible complete melting point. In all other proportions, the mixture will not have a uniform melting point; some of the mixture will remain solid and some liquid. At the eutectic, the solidus and liquidus temperatures are the same.

  2. An alloy or other mixture with constituents in the proportions of the eutectic.

  3. The melting point of the eutectic.


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