su·​per·​crit·​i·​cal | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈkri-ti-kəl How to pronounce supercritical (audio) \

Definition of supercritical

: being or having a temperature above a critical temperature supercritical fluid

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Recent Examples on the Web Some dry-processing technologies have also been invented for dyeing and finishing textiles—plasma, supercritical CO2, foam, or ultrasonic technology—that would drastically reduce the industry’s reliance on boilers. Alden Wicker, Wired, 13 Nov. 2021 The supercritical carbon dioxide decaffeination method is similar to the direct solvent method except carbon dioxide is used as the solvent in this case, Clydesdale said. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2019 There are three main decaffeination processes used to strip coffee beans of their buzz: water processing, the direct solvent method, and supercritical carbon dioxide decaffeination. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2019 Compared with a shale well, which costs between $2 million and $6 million to produce 1,000 barrels of oil a day, $50 million for a supercritical water geothermal system is expensive. WSJ, 8 July 2021 During the supercritical startup stage of a company’s development, business leaders must manage through a time of high growth and tremendous potential, but often are lacking in resources and established norms that provide stability and consistency. Susan Alban, Fortune, 25 Aug. 2020 The work requires an instrument called a supercritical fluid chromatograph, or SFC for short. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, 15 June 2020 However, as is the case with most material, Teflon behaves much differently under high pressure and when immersed in supercritical oxygen. Eric Berger & Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, 11 Apr. 2020 But only one project has actually found supercritical fluids. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of supercritical

1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Supercritical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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