capitalized: the Quaternary period or system of rocks
: a member of a group fourth in order or rank
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This quaternary ammonium salt acts as a formaldehyde releaser.—Melissa Breyer, Treehugger, 8 Aug. 2023 The boys are cousins but more genetically similar to siblings and are considered quaternary twins.—Wendy Grossman Kantor, Peoplemag, 4 Aug. 2023 One system is binary and the other is quaternary, but the two have a surprising amount of conceptual overlap; both systems can properly be thought of as digital.—Rob Toews, Forbes, 16 July 2023 Tetro says to look for active ingredients such as bleach, hydrogen peroxide, quaternary ammonium chloride, and phenolics.—Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 31 Mar. 2023 The Sherford site might be the most significant discovery of its kind since the Joint Mitnor cave was found in Devon in 1938, says Danielle Schreve, a professor of quaternary science at Royal Holloway University of London who helped supervise the recovery work, to the Guardian’s Steven Morris.—Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2022 The injury types are numbered for easy reference: primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary.—Rachel Lance, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Mar. 2020 Transfers from other hospital systems are limited to those requiring quaternary care and must be coordinated through the system’s Mission Control.—Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 6 Jan. 2022
Today's PT lumber is treated with safer, less toxic chemicals, such as alkaline copper quaternary (ACQ) or copper azole.—Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 6 June 2017 See More
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