cryo·​gen·​ic | \ ˌkrī-ə-ˈje-nik How to pronounce cryogenic (audio) \

Definition of cryogenic

1a : of or relating to the production of very low temperatures
b : being or relating to very low temperatures
2a : requiring or involving the use of a cryogenic temperature
b : requiring cryogenic storage
c : suitable for storage of a cryogenic substance

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Other Words from cryogenic

cryogenically \ ˌkrī-​ə-​ˈje-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cryogenic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cryogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The film tells the story of a young woman (Mélanie Laurent, 6 Underground, Inglourious Basterds), who wakes up in a cryogenic pod. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Netflix reveals 32 original movies coming this summer – here’s the full list," 27 Apr. 2021 Quantum environments must be cold -- the System One computer to be housed at the Clinic will use cryogenic engineering to keep it cold and isolated. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "What is quantum computing and what could it mean for Cleveland?," 4 Apr. 2021 Crystalis even takes a swing at a weird, postmodern story, involving cryogenic sleep and a nuclear war in the distant year of 1997, like a capstone of every narrative trope that emblematized the ’80s. Luke Winkie, Vulture, "The 20 Best Games on Nintendo Switch Online," 30 Mar. 2021 The propellant tanks in the core stage can hold more than 700,000 gallons of cryogenic propellant and simulate almost 2 million pounds of thrust. Julia Musto, Fox News, "NASA successfully tests 'world's most powerful rocket'," 19 Mar. 2021 Anything that’s stored and moved around in the tunnels would be kept at cryogenic temperatures of about minus-292 degrees Fahrenheit. Ethan Kispert, The Arizona Republic, "Prepping for the end of the world, under the surface of the moon," 19 Mar. 2021 The plant in Theodore builds hydrogen trailers and cryogenic trailers used in the industrial gas market. al, "Two companies investing more than $50 million in Mobile expansions," 18 Mar. 2021 The elevator would be the facility’s entry and exit, with the library-like cryogenic preservation modules below storing samples at negative 292 degrees Fahrenheit in the case of seeds and at minus 320 degrees for stem cells. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Sending DNA from Earth’s 6.7 Million Species to the Moon to Safeguard Life," 17 Mar. 2021 Powered by solar panels, the underground ark would be accessed by elevator shafts, which would lead to a facility storing cryogenic preservation modules. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Scientists want to build a doomsday vault on the moon," 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of cryogenic

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cryogenic

cryo- + -genic

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The first known use of cryogenic was in 1896

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1 May 2021

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“Cryogenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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cryo·​gen·​ic | \ ˌkrī-ə-ˈjen-ik How to pronounce cryogenic (audio) \

Medical Definition of cryogenic

1a : of or relating to the production of very low temperatures
b : being or relating to very low temperatures
2 : requiring or involving the use of a cryogenic temperature cryogenic surgery cryogenic arterial thrombolysis

Other Words from cryogenic

cryogenically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cryogenic (audio) \ adverb

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