destructive distillation

noun

Definition of destructive distillation

: decomposition of a substance (such as wood, coal, or oil) by heat in a closed container and collection of the volatile products produced

First Known Use of destructive distillation

circa 1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Destructive distillation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/destructive%20distillation. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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