re·​frig·​er·​ant | \ ri-ˈfri-jə-rənt How to pronounce refrigerant (audio) , -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

Examples of refrigerant in a Sentence

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This coil is colder than the air because it’s filled with cold refrigerant. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The DIY Guide To Fixing Your Leaky Air Conditioner," 15 Mar. 2019 But sometimes, the back of a fridge can get hot as the refrigerant moves through the compressor, causing the coils to contract, which traps the gas. Temi Adebowale, House Beautiful, "Here's What Really Causes Fridge Explosions," 7 Jan. 2019 The compressor, located at the back of most fridges, contains a motor and pump which push a gas refrigerant through the compressor's coils. Temi Adebowale, House Beautiful, "Here's What Really Causes Fridge Explosions," 7 Jan. 2019 Like other CFCs, 11 can be used as a refrigerant or a propellant in aerosol spray cans. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Sources of banned CFCs found through their advertising," 9 July 2018 Germany didn’t require Mercedes to scrap the refrigerant, which the court ruled was in violation of European law. William Boston, WSJ, "Daimler Warns of “Significantly Lower” Full-Year Earnings, Sending Shares Down," 19 Oct. 2018 An Ice Cave is lined with refrigerant tubing encrusted with 70 tons of frozen water that was sculpted by a local artist. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Most Ambitious Park in Russia," 25 July 2018 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

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1599, in the meaning defined above


1676, in the meaning defined above

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re·​frig·​er·​ant | \ ri-ˈfrij-(ə-)rənt How to pronounce refrigerant (audio) \

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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