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liquefaction

[lik-wuh-fak-shuh n] /ˌlɪk wəˈfæk ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of liquefying or making liquid.
2.
the state of being liquefied.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin liquefactiōn- (stem of liquefactiō) a melting, equivalent to Latin liquefact(us) (past participle of liquefacere to melt, liquefy) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
liquefactive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for liquefactive
liquefaction
late 15c., from Fr. liquéfaction, from L. liquefactionem, noun of action from liquefacere (see liquefy).
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liquefactive in Medicine

liquefaction liq·ue·fac·tion (lĭk'wə-fāk'shən)
n.

  1. The process of liquefying.

  2. The state of being liquefied.

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liquefactive in Science
liquefaction
  (lĭk'wə-fāk'shən)   
  1. Chemistry The act or process of turning a gas into a liquid. Liquefaction is usually achieved by compression of vapors (provided the temperature of the gas is below the critical temperature), by refrigeration, or by adiabatic expansion.

  2. Geology The process by which sediment that is very wet starts to behave like a liquid. Liquefaction occurs because of the increased pore pressure and reduced effective stress between solid particles generated by the presence of liquid. It is often caused by severe shaking, especially that associated with earthquakes.


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Encyclopedia Article for liquefactive

liquefaction

change of a solid into a liquid when heat is applied. In a pure crystalline solid, this process occurs at a fixed temperature called the melting point (q.v.); an impure solid generally melts over a range of temperatures below the melting point of the principal component. Amorphous (non-crystalline) substances such as glass or pitch melt by gradually decreasing in viscosity as temperature is raised, with no sharp transition from solid to liquid

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