epithermal

adjective

epi·​thermal
¦epə̇,
¦epē+
1
: deposited from warm waters at rather shallow depth under conditions in the lower ranges of temperature and pressure
used of mineral veins and ore deposits
compare hypothermal, mesothermal
2
: having translational speeds and energies greater than those usually due to thermal agitation but less than those required for nuclear fission
epithermal neutrons

Word History

Etymology

epi- + thermal

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“Epithermal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epithermal. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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