dry ice


Definition of dry ice

: solidified carbon dioxide

Examples of dry ice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The outer shipping container, which can serve as a temporary ultra-cold freezer at temperatures of around -70°C for the vaccine as long as it is replenished with dry ice for up to 30 days, will remain the same. Alice Park, Time, "Pfizer-BioNTech Will Start to Ship Smaller Packs of Its COVID-19 Vaccine, In An Effort to Reach More People," 30 Apr. 2021 Colder than Antarctica in winter, dry ice is critical to transporting and storing the coronavirus vaccines. CBS News, "The icy challenge ahead for COVID-19 vaccine distributors: "We don't have all the answers"," 20 Nov. 2020 All were shipped in insulated packs with dry ice and arrived frozen. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "The Best Frozen Pizzas: Restaurant-Quality Pies to Heat and Eat," 15 Apr. 2021 Packers secure the temperature of the frozen lobster with dry ice, and UPS still comes at 3 p.m. every afternoon. Adam Erace, Fortune, "How Luke’s Lobster gets seafood from the docks to your doorstep," 10 Apr. 2021 Identifying a non-native species of mosquito in Florida, where there are already 16 other invasive mosquitoes, begins with mosquito traps that attract the insects with dry ice. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "For the First Time in 75 Years, a New Invasive Species of Mosquito Was Found in Florida," 18 Mar. 2021 However, Pfizer ships its vaccine vials packed with dry ice in special thermal containers that can maintain the correct temperature for up to 30 days. Star Tribune, "EXPLAINER: How have storms affected COVID-19 vaccinations?," 19 Feb. 2021 However, sheet metal can be restored to nearly its original form using dry ice as a cooling agent. Jeff Harper, chicagotribune.com, "How to fix a small dent in a car," 11 Mar. 2021 Pfizer also developed thermal kits containing dry ice that can be used to keep vials of the vaccine ultra-cold for up to 15 days of safe storage while they're shipped. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Lots of unknowns as Michigan hospitals await first COVID-19 vaccine shipments," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of dry ice

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dry ice was in 1925

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6 May 2021

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“Dry ice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20ice. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dry ice

: solid carbon dioxide that is used mainly to keep food and other things cold and to create the appearance of smoke and fog in plays, movies, etc.

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Kids Definition of dry ice

: solidified carbon dioxide used chiefly to keep something very cold

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