reducing bodily heat or fever.
a refrigerant agent, as a drug.
a liquid capable of vaporizing at a low temperature, as ammonia, used in mechanical refrigeration. a cooling substance, as ice or solid carbon dioxide, used in a refrigerator.
Origin of refrigerant
1590–1600;Related formsnon·re·frig·er·ant, adjective, noun
< Latin refrīgerant-
(stem of refrīgerāns
), present participle of refrīgerāre.
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Examples from the Web for refrigerant
Historical Examples of refrigerant
Diuretic, febrifuge, and refrigerant; one half to one ounce.
It is a consideration, Sir Poet, which may serve as a refrigerant for their ardour.
Astringent and refrigerant; highly extolled in chronic dysentery, diarrha, English cholera, and relaxations generally.
In these cases the application of refrigerant or sedative lotions, baths, &c., generally proves of much advantage.
This serves as a refrigerant bath for the experiments to be made.
British Dictionary definitions for refrigerant
a fluid capable of changes of phase at low temperatures: used as the working fluid of a refrigerator
a cooling substance, such as ice or solid carbon dioxide
med an agent that provides a sensation of coolness or reduces fever
causing cooling or freezing
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Word Origin and History for refrigerant
1590s, originally in medicine; from Latin refrigerans, present participle of refrigerare "make cool or cold" (see refrigeration). As a noun from 1670s.
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Cooling or freezing; refrigerating.
A substance, such as air, ammonia, water, or carbon dioxide, used to provide cooling either as the working substance of a refrigerator or by direct absorption of heat.
An agent used to reduce fever.
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A substance, such as ice or ammonia, used to cool something by absorbing heat from it. Refrigerants are usually substances that evaporate quickly. In the process of evaporation they draw heat from surrounding substances.
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