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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Market Basket in Rowley is due to reopen Friday at 7 a.m. after being closed Thursday after a refrigerant leak from an ice machine sent eight people to the hospital, officials said. Maria Lovato,, "Refrigerant leak contained, Market Basket set to reopen," 5 Sep. 2019 The initiative to phase out ozone-damaging chemicals known as hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), including R22 refrigerant, began in 1987 with the Montreal Protocol. Jessica Levy, Indianapolis Star, "Decoding what the R22 freon ban will mean for your air conditioner," 28 Aug. 2019 The current generation of refrigerants (hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs) has little effect on the ozone layer but unfortunately contributes heavily to the greenhouse effect. Carine Sebi, Quartz, "How to cool your home without warming the planet," 27 Aug. 2019 Developing countries need funding from the Montreal Protocol's Multilateral Fund to eliminate the most widely used of these, the refrigerant R-22. Mark Thiessen, National Geographic, "Ozone depletion, explained," 18 Apr. 2019 The federal Environmental Protection Agency will ban the manufacture of such refrigerants in 2020, in an effort to reduce depletion of the planet’s ozone layer. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "Ramsey County diverting millions from parks projects to pay for new Vadnais Sports Center dome," 23 July 2019 Just one worker that was working on the refrigerant system upstairs. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Worker critical, store evacuated after pipe ruptures inside Randalls in The Woodlands," 21 June 2019 Accounting for about 2 percent of all emissions, they're used as refrigerants, solvents, and in manufacturing, sometimes occurring as byproducts. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Carbon dioxide levels are at a record high. Here's what you need to know.," 13 May 2019 The company last month reported a 68% drop in first-quarter profit to $94 million, which the company blamed on lower demand for its titanium products and its refrigerants products. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Chemours Moves CFO to New COO Role, Taps Internal Successor," 4 June 2019

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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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