the state of a pure element or compound when it is at a critical point.
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- critical period,
- critical point,
- critical pressure,
- critical ratio,
- critical region,
- critical temperature,
- critical thinking,
- critical value,
- critical volume,
Origin of critical state
First recorded in 1895–1900
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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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The state of matter of a substance at its critical point.
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