critical state

noun Physics.

the state of a pure element or compound when it is at a critical point.

Origin of critical state

First recorded in 1895–1900 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for critical state

critical state


the state of a substance in which two of its phases have the same temperature, pressure, and volumeAlso called: critical point
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Science definitions for critical state

critical state

The state of matter of a substance at its critical point.
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