Definition of Dry ice

1. Noun. Solidified carbon dioxide; dry ice sublimates at -78.5 C and is used mainly as a refrigerant.

Generic synonyms: Solid

Definition of Dry ice

1. Noun. Carbon dioxide frozen in the solid state, used especially as a cooling agent and for the production of fog-like special effects. It sublimes at -78.5°C (-109.3°F) at normal atmospheric pressure. ¹

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Medical Definition of Dry ice

1. Nitrogen in the liquid state. Liquid nitrogen is commonly used in cryotherapy. (27 Sep 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dry Ice

dry fire
dry fired
dry fires
dry firing
dry flies
dry fly
dry gangrene
dry goods
dry guillotine
dry hernia
dry hire
dry hole
dry humor
dry humour
dry ice (current term)
dry kiln
dry labour
dry lake
dry lakes
dry land
dry leprosy
dry martini
dry martinis
dry masonry
dry measure
dry measures
dry milk
dry mop
dry mouth

Literary usage of Dry ice

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"Another neck supported a dry ice condenser, and the third neck contained a curved addition tube in which the bromide was stored. The bromide was added as a ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1895)
"A special 2 crank 4 stage Compressor recently exported for the manufacture of dry ice. The Industrial Chemist. November, /949 BROTHERHOOD compressors AIR, ..."

3. Permafrost: Second International Conference, July 13-28, 1973 : USSR by Frederick J. Sanger, Peter J. Hyde (1978)
"During "dry-ice" cooling, as the experiments on models and the natural experiments demonstrated, it is necessary to take m = 0.5 and t = tc is the ..."

4. Practical Cold Storage: The Theory, Design and Construction of Buildings and by Madison Cooper (1905)
"Snow is equal to ice in refrigerating value, and a pound of dry snow has the same cooling effect as a pound of dry ice, but if the ice or snow contain water ..."

5. How to Do Science Experiments with Children by Joan Bentley (2003)
"Question: What will happen when dry ice is placed in a cauldron of water? ... dry ice is not ice at all. Rather, it is carbon dioxide (CO2) in a solid state ..."

6. Science of Fingerprints: Classification and Uses (1988)
"dry ice is a suitable preservative for transmitting such specimens but it should not be used ... In making up a package using dry ice, the hands or fingers, ..."

7. Biosafety in the Laboratory: Prudent Practices for the Handling and Disposal by National Research Council (U. S.) (1989)
"If dry ice is ... so that the secondary container does not become loose inside the outer shipping container as the dry ice sublimates. ..."

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