freeze fracture

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

Definition of freeze fracture

1 or less commonly freeze-fracturing play \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

freeze fracture

or freeze-fracture transitive verb

freeze-fracture

or freeze-fractured play \ˈfrēz-ˌfrak-chərd, -shərd\ adjective
    • a freeze-fracture micrograph

First Known Use of freeze fracture

1973


Medical Dictionary

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)

freeze-fracture

transitive verb

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