clathrate

adjective

clath·​rate ˈkla-ˌthrāt How to pronounce clathrate (audio)
: relating to or being a compound formed by the inclusion of molecules of one kind in cavities of the crystal lattice of another
clathrate noun

Word History

Etymology

Latin clathratus, furnished with a lattice, from clathri (plural) lattice, from Greek klēithron bar, from kleiein to close — more at clavicle

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clathrate was in 1906

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Cite this Entry

“Clathrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clathrate. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

clathrate

1 of 2 adjective
clath·​rate ˈklath-ˌrāt How to pronounce clathrate (audio)
: relating to or being a compound formed by the inclusion of molecules of one kind in cavities of the crystal lattice of another

clathrate

2 of 2 noun
: a clathrate compound

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