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pyrolysis

[pahy-rol-uh-sis] /paɪˈrɒl ə sɪs/
noun, Chemistry
1.
the subjection of organic compounds to very high temperatures.
2.
the resulting decomposition.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; pyro- + -lysis
Related forms
pyrolytic
[pahy-ruh-lit-ik] /ˌpaɪ rəˈlɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • Garbage is an excellent feedstock for pyrolysis that has so far been wasted.
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  • The pyrolysis gases contain energy, valuable extractives and simple pathways to fuel.
  • Comparison of the calorific nature of slow pyrolysis and hydrothermal carbonization of cellulose.
British Dictionary definitions for pyrolysis

pyrolysis

/paɪˈrɒlɪsɪs/
noun
1.
the application of heat to chemical compounds in order to cause decomposition
2.
chemical decomposition of compounds caused by high temperatures
Derived Forms
pyrolytic (ˌpaɪrəʊˈlɪtɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for pyrolysis
n.

1879, from pyro- + -lysis. Related: Pyrolytic.

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pyrolysis in Medicine

pyrolysis py·rol·y·sis (pī-rŏl'ĭ-sĭs)
n.
Decomposition or transformation of a chemical compound caused by heat.

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