[ krahy-uh-jen-ik ]
/ ˌkraɪ əˈdʒɛn ɪk /


of or relating to the production or use of very low temperatures: cryogenic storage.
of or relating to cryogenics.

Nearby words

  1. cryoelectronics,
  2. cryoextraction,
  3. cryofibrinogen,
  4. cryofibrinogenemia,
  5. cryogen,
  6. cryogenics,
  7. cryogenist,
  8. cryogenized,
  9. cryoglobulin,
  10. cryoglobulinemia

Origin of cryogenic

First recorded in 1895–1900; cryo- + -genic

Related formscry·o·gen·i·cal·ly, adverbcry·og·e·nist [krahy-oj-uh-nist] /kraɪˈɒdʒ ə nɪst/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for cryogenic



1902, from cryogen "freezing mixture" (1875), from cryo- "freezing" + -genic "having to do with production" (see genus). Related: Cryogenics (1958).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for cryogenic


[ krī′ə-jĕnĭk ]


Relating to or producing low temperatures.
Requiring or suitable for storage at low temperatures.
Related formscry′o•geni•cal•ly adv.

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