[kon-den-sey-shuh n, -duh n-]


Origin of condensation

1595–1605; < Late Latin condēnsātiōn- (stem of condēnsātiō), equivalent to condēnsāt(us) condensate + -iōn- -ion
Related formscon·den·sa·tion·al, adjectivecon·den·sa·tive, adjectivenon·con·den·sa·tion, nouno·ver·con·den·sa·tion, nounpre·con·den·sa·tion, nounre·con·den·sa·tion, nounsub·con·den·sa·tion, nounun·con·den·sa·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for condensation



the act or process of condensing, or the state of being condensed
anything that has condensed from a vapour, esp on a window
chem a type of reaction in which two organic molecules combine to form a larger molecule as well as a simple molecule such as water, methanol, etc
anything that has been shortened, esp an abridged version of a book
  1. the fusion of two or more ideas, etc, into one symbol, occurring esp in dreams
  2. the reduction of many experiences into one word or action, as in a phobia
Derived Formscondensational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for condensation

c.1600, "action of becoming more dense," from Latin condensationem (nominative condensatio), noun of action from condensare (see condense). Meaning "conversion of a gas to a liquid" is from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for condensation


[kŏn′dĕn-sāshən, -dən-]


The act of making more solid or dense.compression
The process by which a gas or vapor changes to a liquid.
The liquid formed when a gas is condensed.
The psychological process by which a single symbol or word is associated with the emotional content of a group of ideas, feelings, memories, or impulses, especially as expressed in dreams.
The dental process of packing a filling material into a cavity.
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Science definitions for condensation



The change of a gas or vapor to a liquid, either by cooling or by being subjected to increased pressure. When water vapor cools in the atmosphere, for example, it condenses into tiny drops of water, which form clouds.
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