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freeze fracturing

noun, Biology
1.
a method of preparing a biological specimen for electron microscopic study by rapid freezing, cleaving with a sharp knife or razor, and then covering with a thin layer of metal to make the internal structural planes visible.
Also, freeze-fracturing.
Origin
1975-1980
1975-80

freeze-fracture

[freez-frak-cher] /ˈfrizˈfræk tʃər/
verb (used with object), freeze-fractured, freeze-fracturing.
1.
to prepare (material) for the electron microscope by freeze fracturing.
Origin
1965-70
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