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noun, plural cry·os·co·pies.
  1. Chemistry. a technique for determining the molecular weight of a substance by dissolving it and measuring the freezing point of the solution.
  2. Medicine/Medical. the determination of the freezing points of certain bodily fluids, as urine, for diagnosis.
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Origin of cryoscopy

First recorded in 1895–1900; cryo- + -scopy
Related formscry·o·scop·ic [krahy-uh-skop-ik] /ˌkraɪ əˈskɒp ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Cryoscopic determinations of its molecular weight show that it is H2O2.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 1


  • In certain experiments on dogs the cryoscopic examination of the blood showed a freezing point of -.6 C.

British Dictionary definitions for cryoscopic


noun plural -pies
  1. the determination of freezing points, esp for the determination of molecular weights by measuring the lowering of the freezing point of a solvent when a known quantity of solute is added
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Derived Formscryoscopic (ˌkraɪəˈskɒpɪk), adjective
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cryoscopic in Medicine


  1. A technique for determining the freezing point of a liquid, such as blood or urine.
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