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[krahy-os-kuh-pee] /kraɪˈɒs kə pi/
noun, plural cryoscopies.
Chemistry. a technique for determining the molecular weight of a substance by dissolving it and measuring the freezing point of the solution.
Medicine/Medical. the determination of the freezing points of certain bodily fluids, as urine, for diagnosis.
Origin of cryoscopy
First recorded in 1895-1900; cryo- + -scopy
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[krahy-uh-skop-ik] /ˌkraɪ əˈskɒp ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The method of cryoscopy is also of considerable service in forensic medicine.

    The Mechanism of Life Stphane Leduc
  • cryoscopy is the method most used in biological research to determine molecular concentration.

    The Mechanism of Life Stphane Leduc
  • The most promising of the methods which have been devised are cryoscopy, the methylene-blue test, and the phloridzin test.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis James Campbell Todd
British Dictionary definitions for cryoscopy


noun (pl) -pies
the determination of freezing points, esp for the determination of molecular weights by measuring the lowering of the freezing point of a solvent when a known quantity of solute is added
Derived Forms
cryoscopic (ˌkraɪəˈskɒpɪk) adjective
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cryoscopy in Medicine

cryoscopy cry·os·co·py (krī-ŏs'kə-pē)
A technique for determining the freezing point of a liquid, such as blood or urine.

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