[ krahy-os-kuh-pee ]

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.

Origin of cryoscopy

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

Other words from cryoscopy

  • cry·o·scop·ic [krahy-uh-skop-ik], /ˌkraɪ əˈskɒp ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby cryoscopy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use cryoscopy in a sentence

  • The most promising of the methods which have been devised are cryoscopy, the methylene-blue test, and the phloridzin test.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
  • cryoscopy is the method most used in biological research to determine molecular concentration.

    The Mechanism of Life | Stphane Leduc
  • The method of cryoscopy is also of considerable service in forensic medicine.

    The Mechanism of Life | Stphane Leduc

British Dictionary definitions for cryoscopy


/ (kraɪˈɒskəpɪ) /

nounplural -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

Derived forms of cryoscopy

  • cryoscopic (ˌkraɪəˈskɒpɪk), adjective

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