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
Related formscry·o·scop·ic [krahy-uh-skop-ik] /ˌkraɪ əˈskɒp ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cryoscopy

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
  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 Formscryoscopic (ˌkraɪəˈskɒpɪk), adjective
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cryoscopy in Medicine


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