Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Decomposition or transformation of a compound caused by heat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Chemical decomposition produced by exposure to a high temperature.

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  • noun chemistry, physics The decomposition of a material or compound due to heat in the absence of oxygen or any other reagents

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  • noun transformation of a substance produced by the action of heat

Etymologies

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From the Ancient Greek terms πῦρ (pyr, "fire") and λύσις (lysis, "loosing").

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