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rarefaction

[ rair-uh-fak-shuhn ]
/ ˌrɛər əˈfæk ʃən /
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noun
the act or process of rarefying.
the state of being rarefied.
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Origin of rarefaction

1595–1605; <Medieval Latin rārēfactiōn- (stem of rārēfactiō), equivalent to Latin rārēfact(us) (past participle of rārēfacere;see rarefy) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM rarefaction

rar·e·fac·tion·al, adjectiverar·e·fac·tive [rair-uh-fak-tiv], /ˌrɛər əˈfæk tɪv/, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rarefaction

diffraction, diffusion, reflection, rarefaction , refraction
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British Dictionary definitions for rarefaction

rarefaction

rarefication (ˌrɛərɪfɪˈkeɪʃən)

/ (ˌrɛərɪˈfækʃən) /

noun
the act or process of making less dense or the state of being less dense

Derived forms of rarefaction

rarefactional, rareficational or rarefactive, adjective
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Scientific definitions for rarefaction

rarefaction
[ râr′ə-făkshən ]

A decrease in density and pressure in a medium, such as air, especially when caused by the passage of a wave, such as a sound wave.
The region in which this occurs.
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