freeze fracture

noun
\ˈfrēz-ˌfrak-chər, -shər\
variants: or freeze-fracture

Definition of freeze fracture 

1 or less commonly freeze-fracturing \ ˈfrēz-​ˌfrak-​chə-​riŋ , -​shə-​ \ : preparation of a specimen (as of biological tissue) for electron microscopic examination by rapid freezing, fracturing along natural structural lines, and preparing a replica of the exposed structural details (as by simultaneous vapor deposition of carbon and platinum) — compare freeze-etching

2 : the product of or replica prepared by freeze fracture freeze fractures of bacterial cells

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freeze fracture or freeze-fracture transitive verb
freeze-fracture or freeze-fractured \ ˈfrēz-​ˌfrak-​chərd , -​shərd \ adjective
a freeze-fracture micrograph

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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freeze fracture

noun
variants: also freeze-fracturing

Medical Definition of freeze fracture 

: preparation of a specimen (as of tissue) for electron microscopic examination by freezing, fracturing along natural structural lines, and preparing a replica (as by simultaneous vapor deposition of carbon and platinum)

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freeze-fracture transitive verb

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