Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A process of converting a material into a glass-like amorphous solid which is free of any crystalline structure, either by the quick removal or addition of heat, or by mixing with an additive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as vitrifaction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Conversion into glass, or in general into a material having a glassy or vitreous structure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a vitrified substance; the glassy result of being vitrified
  • n. the process of becoming vitreous

Etymologies

Latin vitrum ("glass") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The process is called vitrification, a ten-dollar word that basically means scientists have figured out a way to eliminate that nasty ice damage that scrunches your cells when they’re frozen.

    I’m Working on That

  • The analysis included 1,990 cycles of fertility treatment using eggs that were frozen slowly and 291 cycles of treatment with eggs that had been rapidly frozen through a technique called vitrification.

    Have your eggs frozen while you're still young, scientists advise women

  • The researchers studied 600 women who underwent IVF using embryos that were created in the laboratory using either eggs that were freshly obtained from their ovaries or eggs that had been preserved using a method known as vitrification, which involves flash-freezing after the water had been removed to avoid ice formation.

    Freezing eggs to have babies later gets a boost

  • South Korea has advanced another method, called vitrification, where liquid nitrogen is used to flash-freeze the eggs.

    Put Those Eggs on Ice

  • We've developed what's called vitrification technology, which is a vast improvement in the way storage is -- storage procedures are done.

    CNN Transcript Aug 13, 2003

  • We may soon be able to reduce a lot of this damage with a process called vitrification, but right now we still have to worry about it.

    I’m Working on That

  • This process is called vitrification, and the more a clay vitrifies the less porous it becomes.

    Chapter 10

  • The process, known as vitrification, involves fluxes reacting with the various other minerals in the soil to form a liquid.

    Chapter 5

  • Technical problems have long delayed construction of the so-called vitrification plant, pushing the plant's operating date to 2019, and the cost has ballooned from $4.3 billion in 2000 to $12.26 billion.

    The Seattle Times

  • The plant is being built to convert much of that waste into glasslike logs - a process called vitrification - for permanent disposal underground.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

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