[ uh-zee-uh-trohp, ey-zee- ]
/ əˈzi əˌtroʊp, ˈeɪ zi- /

noun Physical Chemistry.

any liquid mixture having constant minimum and maximum boiling points and distilling off without decomposition and in a fixed ratio, as isopropyl alcohol and water.

Origin of azeotrope

1910–15; a-6 + Greek zé(ein) to boil + -o- + -trope


a·ze·o·trop·ic [ey-zee-uh-trop-ik, -troh-pik] /ˌeɪ zi əˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk/, adjectivea·ze·ot·ro·py [ey-zee-o-truh-pee] /ˌeɪ ziˈɒ trə pi/, a·ze·ot·ro·pism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for azeotrope

/ (əˈziːəˌtrəʊp) /


a mixture of liquids that boils at a constant temperature, at a given pressure, without change of composition

Derived forms of azeotrope

azeotropic (ˌeɪzɪəˈtrɒpɪk), adjective

Word Origin for azeotrope

C20: from a- 1 + zeo-, from Greek zein to boil + -trope
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Medical definitions for azeotrope

[ ə-zēə-trōp′, āzē- ]


A liquid mixture of two or more substances that retains the same composition in the vapor state as in the liquid state when distilled or partially evaporated under a certain pressure.

Other words from azeotrope

a′ze•o•tropic (a′zē-ə-trŏpĭk, -trōpĭk) adj.
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