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hypergolic

[ hahy-per-gaw-lik, -gol-ik ]

adjective

  1. (especially of rocket-fuel propellant constituents) igniting spontaneously upon contact with a complementary substance.


hypergolic

/ ˌhaɪpəˈɡɒlɪk /

adjective

  1. (of a rocket fuel) able to ignite spontaneously on contact with an oxidizer


hypergolic

/ hī′pər-gŏlĭk /

  1. Relating to or using a rocket propellant consisting of liquid fuel and an oxidizer that ignite spontaneously on contact.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of hypergolic1

First recorded in 1945–50; hyp(er)- + erg(o)- 1 + -ol 2 + -ic
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Word History and Origins

Origin of hypergolic1

C20: from German Hypergol (perhaps from hyp ( er- ) + erg 1+ -ol ²) + -ic

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