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

Examples of refrigerant in a Sentence

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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 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

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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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