cryo·​gen·​ic | \ˌkrī-ə-ˈje-nik \

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 \ adverb

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For molecular hydrogen to remain a liquid, its cryogenic tanks need to be cooled to 20 degrees Kelvin, colder than -250 degrees Celsius. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Nuclear Thermal Engine Is a Blast From the Cold War Past," 21 Feb. 2018 Most major rockets rely on engines that run on cold liquid propellants, like cryogenic oxygen and hydrogen. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Europe will fire its record-setting big solid rocket motor this week," 11 July 2018 Crime is utterly unheard of, so when a violent criminal named Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) escapes after being brought out of cryogenic stasis, the authorities have no idea what to do. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "10 subversive, dark American futures to stream on July 4th," 4 July 2018 SpaceX has significantly upgraded its COPVs since then, and any bottles put into a Tesla won’t be surrounded by cryogenic oxygen. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Here’s how Elon Musk might use rocket thrusters on the new Tesla Roadster," 16 June 2018 Each tower will contain six crystals slotted into their own units, and the four towers will be placed in a cryogenic container called the SNOBOX to cool the experiment to near absolute zero. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Search for Dark Matter Continues, More Than a Mile Underground," 9 May 2018 The incident March 3-4, in which rising temperatures in a cryogenic freezer rendered 4,000 frozen eggs and embryos nonviable, has raised many questions about life, death and technology. Julie Washington,, "Are frozen embryos human life? Fertility treatments present ethical dilemmas," 11 Apr. 2018 There’s time to take in details: the gleam of the boosters, painted white to keep the cryogenic gas inside cool; the rippling orange taper of the 5,500-degree-F exhaust. Popular Mechanics, "55 Things to Do Before the World Ends," 19 Apr. 2018 Fertility Unlimited's cryogenic unit can hold up to 1,000 embryos. Ginger Christ And Julie Washington,, "Tours of Ohio fertility clinics show procedures in place to safeguard eggs, embryos (photos, videos)," 25 Mar. 2018

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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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cryo·​gen·​ic | \ˌkrī-ə-ˈjen-ik \

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 \ adverb

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