cryo·​gen·​ics ˌkrī-ə-ˈje-niks How to pronounce cryogenics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: a branch of physics that deals with the production and effects of very low temperatures

Examples of cryogenics in a Sentence

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Word History


cryogen(ic) + -ics

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cryogenics was in 1899

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“Cryogenics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


cryo·​gen·​ics ˌkrī-ə-ˈjen-iks How to pronounce cryogenics (audio)
: a branch of physics that deals with the production and effects of very low temperatures

Medical Definition


noun, plural in form but singular in construction
cryo·​gen·​ics -iks How to pronounce cryogenics (audio)
: a branch of physics that deals with the production and effects of very low temperatures

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