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 cryogenically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cryogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Legacy’s pricing starts at $199 for clinical fertility analysis; optional cryogenic storage is $149 a year. Lauren Mccarthy, New York Times, "What’s the Deal with Mail-In Sperm Start-Ups?," 16 Apr. 2020 The hydrogen bomb that was tested in 1952 required a special and gigantic 80-ton cryogenic chamber to keep the materials in the bomb in their necessary state. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "That Time a Scientist Left Plans for the Hydrogen Bomb in a Train Bathroom," 4 Dec. 2019 Late on Sunday night, SpaceX completed a critical cryogenic test of a Starship prototype at its launch site in South Texas. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Starship chilled. Starship pressurized. And for the first time, it didn’t explode," 27 Apr. 2020 Instead of an ugly fence, there might be an ugly fence with massive tanks of cryogenic liquid behind it. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Why SpaceX Wants a Tiny Texas Neighborhood So Badly," 31 Mar. 2020 Most producers take in air from the atmosphere, filter it and then use a cryogenic process, where the air is cooled to extreme temperatures by an air compressor, to separate it into its constituent gases, such as oxygen and nitrogen. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Hospitals are running low on the most critical supply of all: Oxygen," 2 Apr. 2020 The company has since conducted a number of pressure tests, with test vehicles surviving 8.5 bar at cryogenic temperatures, according to Inverse. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a SpaceX Starship Prototype Rocket Implode Spectacularly," 2 Mar. 2020 But even without its cryogenic coolant, the observatory was still a frigid 28 degrees above absolute zero -- minus 410 degrees Fahrenheit — behind its protective solar panel. William Harwood, CBS News, "The end of the road for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope," 29 Jan. 2020 Earlier missions were entirely chilled with limited supplies of a cryogenic liquid. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "NASA infrared telescope says goodbye after 16-year run," 23 Jan. 2020

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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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18 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cryogenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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 cryogenically (audio) \ adverb

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