freeze fracture

noun
\ ˈfrēz-ˌfrak-chər How to pronounce freeze fracture (audio) , -shər \
variants: or freeze-fracture

Definition of freeze fracture

1 or less commonly freeze-fracturing \ ˈfrēz-​ˌfrak-​chə-​riŋ How to pronounce freeze fracture (audio) , -​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

Other Words from freeze fracture

freeze fracture or freeze-fracture transitive verb
freeze-fracture or freeze-fractured \ ˈfrēz-​ˌfrak-​chərd How to pronounce freeze fracture (audio) , -​shərd \ adjective
a freeze-fracture micrograph

First Known Use of freeze fracture

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Freeze fracture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freeze%20fracture. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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)

Other Words from freeze fracture

freeze-fracture transitive verb

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