noun, plural cry·os·co·pies.
Chemistry. a technique for determining the molecular weight of a substance by dissolving it and measuring the freezing point of the solution.
Medicine/Medical. the determination of the freezing points of certain bodily fluids, as urine, for diagnosis.
Origin of cryoscopy
Related formscry·o·scop·ic [krahy-uh-skop-ik] /ˌkraɪ əˈskɒp ɪk/, adjective
First recorded in 1895–1900; cryo-
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Historical Examples of cryoscopy
The method of cryoscopy is also of considerable service in forensic medicine.
Cryoscopy is the method most used in biological research to determine molecular concentration.
The most promising of the methods which have been devised are cryoscopy, the methylene-blue test, and the phloridzin test.
British Dictionary definitions for cryoscopy
noun plural -pies
Derived Formscryoscopic (ˌkraɪəˈskɒpɪk), adjective
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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A technique for determining the freezing point of a liquid, such as blood or urine.
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