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

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 Much of the work on the telescope was groundbreaking, including the production of 18 hexagonal, lightweight mirrors and ensuring that Webb can function fully at cryogenic temperatures. Los Angeles Times, 25 Dec. 2021 Once the telescope arrives at its L2 orbit and reaches cryogenic temperatures, the telescope’s cameras and other science instruments will begin calibrating. NBC news, 21 Dec. 2021 This umbrella will deflect the sun’s powerful rays, allowing the instrument to operate at a cryogenic minus 370 degrees Fahrenheit, cold enough to see infrared wavelengths without interference. Adam Mann, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Dec. 2021 Weaving the lives of ordinary people with extraordinary advances in technology, his plots involve characters who come up with myriad ways to save humanity: cryogenic hibernation, underground cities, escaping space ships. Natasha Khan, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2021 In 1981, experimental physicist Blas Cabrera built a cryogenic experiment involving a coil of wire, explicitly designed to search for magnetic monopoles. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 The box houses a cryogenic cooler that uses liquid helium to precisely control the temperature. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 26 Aug. 2021 Safely pipetted into a cryovial or straw, an animal’s tissue, semen or ova are deposited into the cryogenic tank, ready to be unfrozen when they may be needed for repopulation programmes in zoos or, if feasible, the wild. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 19 Aug. 2021 Off Planet makes its special dirty snowball simulant by freezing the components onto the regular simulant using a technique known as cryogenic vapor deposition, Roth says. Eric Niiler, Wired, 19 Aug. 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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“Cryogenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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