re·frig·er·ant | \ri-ˈfri-jə-rənt, -ˈfrij-rənt\

Definition of refrigerant 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: allaying heat or fever



Definition of refrigerant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a refrigerant agent or agency: such as

a : a medication for reducing body heat

b : a substance used in refrigeration

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But a bunch of ice is much cheaper than a refrigerant loop. 1. Popular Mechanics, "3 Energy-Saving Ways To Keep Your House Cooler This Summer," 27 June 2018 But refrigerant manufacturers say time is on their side. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Republicans can't agree on this climate deal brokered by Obama," 12 July 2018 And as part of an agreement known as the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol, other countries are working to phase out refrigerants used in air-conditioning units that are also potent greenhouse gases. New York Times, "The World Wants Air-Conditioning. That Could Warm the World.," 15 May 2018 The ozone-eating R-22 refrigerant has not been installed in new systems since 2010. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "The ‘8-800-22’ rule … and a couple other signs it’s time to replace your air conditioner," 11 May 2018 The qualifications required included being an electrician and having the refrigerant certifications. Donna Kiesling, Post-Tribune, "Ivy Tech helps steelworkers learn while they earn," 21 June 2018 What are hydrofluorocarbons? HFCs, found in aerosols and refrigerants, are a class of potent greenhouse gases that the Kigali amendment aims to reduce in the atmosphere. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: EPA delays public-records requests to avoid questions about Scott Pruitt, Democrat says," 12 June 2018 The Administration faces a decision on another key climate agreement that would reduce emissions of global warming-causing hydrofluorocarbons, known as HFCs for short, used as a refrigerant, but this one is backed by Big Business. Justin Worland, Time, "Big Business Wants to Stop Trump From Leaving This Other Climate Deal," 3 May 2018 With the newer refrigerant types and more sophisticated heating and cooling systems today there is much more sizing and matching up of equipment required. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "Why buying an air conditioner online is a risky proposition," 30 Apr. 2018

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re·frig·er·ant | \ri-ˈfrij-(ə-)rənt \

Medical Definition of refrigerant 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: allaying heat or fever



Medical Definition of refrigerant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medicine or an application for allaying fever or its symptoms

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