azeotrope

noun
azeo·​trope | \ ˈā-zē-ə-ˌtrōp How to pronounce azeotrope (audio) \

Definition of azeotrope

: a liquid mixture that is characterized by a constant minimum or maximum boiling point which is lower or higher than that of any of the components

First Known Use of azeotrope

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for azeotrope

a- entry 2 + Greek ze-, stem of zéō, zeîn "to boil, seethe" + -o- + -trope, after earlier azeotropic "having the characteristics of an azeotrope" — more at yeast entry 1

Note: The term azeotropic was introduced by the English chemist John Wade (1864-1912) and his coworker Richard Willliam Merriman in "Influence of Water on the Boiling Point of Ethyl Alcohol at Pressures Above and Below the Atmospheric Pressure," Journal of the Chemical Society - Transactions, vol. 99 (1911), p. 1004.

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“Azeotrope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/azeotrope. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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azeotrope

noun
azeo·​trope | \ ā-ˈzē-ə-ˌtrōp How to pronounce azeotrope (audio) \

Medical Definition of azeotrope

: a liquid mixture that is characterized by a constant minimum or maximum boiling point which is lower or higher than that of any of the components and that distills without change in composition

Other Words from azeotrope

azeotropic \ -​ˌzē-​ə-​ˈtrō-​pik How to pronounce azeotropic (audio) , -​ˈträp-​ik How to pronounce azeotropic (audio) \ adjective

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