semi·​sol·​id | \ ˌse-mē-ˈsä-ləd How to pronounce semisolid (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semisolid

: having the qualities of both a solid and a liquid : highly viscous

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Other Words from semisolid

semisolid noun

Examples of semisolid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Probably to help conserve water, most birds put their excess nitrogen exclusively into uric acid, which is much less soluble than urea and so can be excreted as a semisolid paste along with wastes from the digestive tract. Harold Mcgee, Wired, "The History of Poop Is Really the History of Technology," 6 Nov. 2020 Patients ingest Palforzia, which is a powder made from peanuts, by mixing it with small amounts of semisolid food like applesauce, yogurt or pudding. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "FDA approves first drug for treatment of peanut allergy in children," 1 Feb. 2020 Emulsions are always more viscous than either of their independent constituents, which is what gives mayonnaise its semisolid texture. J. Kenji López-alt, New York Times, "The Secret Ingredient That Improves Meat Every Time," 29 Oct. 2019 The protein chymosin, produced in the stomach, turned liquid milk into a semisolid form. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "Scientists Are Designing Artisanal Proteins for Your Body," 26 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of semisolid

1834, in the meaning defined above

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19 Nov 2020

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“Semisolid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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semi·​sol·​id | \ ˌse-mi-ˈsä-ləd How to pronounce semisolid (audio) \

Kids Definition of semisolid

: having the qualities of both a solid and a liquid


semi·​sol·​id | \ -ˈsäl-əd How to pronounce semisolid (audio) \

Medical Definition of semisolid

: having the qualities of both a solid and a liquid : highly viscous semisolid waste

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