refrigerant

[ ri-frij-er-uh nt ]
/ rɪˈfrɪdʒ ər ənt /

adjective

refrigerating; cooling.
reducing bodily heat or fever.

noun

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.

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  8. refrigeration anesthesia,
  9. refrigerator,
  10. refrigerator car

Origin of refrigerant

1590–1600; < Latin refrīgerant- (stem of refrīgerāns), present participle of refrīgerāre. See refrigerate, -ant

Related formsnon·re·frig·er·ant, adjective, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for refrigerant

refrigerant

/ (rɪˈfrɪdʒərənt) /

noun

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

adjective

causing cooling or freezing
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Word Origin and History for refrigerant

refrigerant

adj.

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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Medicine definitions for refrigerant

refrigerant

[ rĭ-frĭjər-ənt ]

adj.

Cooling or freezing; refrigerating.
Reducing fever.

n.

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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Science definitions for refrigerant

refrigerant

[ rĭ-frĭjər-ənt ]

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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