[ soo-per-krit-i-kuhl ]
/ ˌsu pərˈkrɪt ɪ kəl /
Physics. pertaining to a mass of radioactive material in which the rate of a chain reaction increases with time.
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OTHER WORDS FROM supercriticalsu·per·crit·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·crit·i·cal·ness, noun
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The practical person, the wary pedant, and the supercritical will scoff at this, but let it stand.Dickens' London|Francis Miltoun
British Dictionary definitions for supercritical
/ (ˌsuːpəˈkrɪtɪkəl) /
physics (of a fluid) brought to a temperature and pressure higher than its critical temperature and pressure, so that its physical and chemical properties change
nuclear physics of or containing more than the critical mass
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