heat-fusion

heat of fusion

noun Physics.
the heat absorbed by a unit mass of a given solid at its melting point that completely converts the solid to a liquid at the same temperature: equal to the heat of solidification.
Compare latent heat.
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heat of fusion  
The amount of heat required to convert a solid at its melting point into a liquid without an increase in temperature. Liquids release the same amount of heat when they solidify. See also heat of vaporization.
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