fusing at the lowest possible temperature; specif., designating or of a mixture or alloy with a melting point lower than that of any other combination of the same components
Origin of eutectic; from Classical Greek eut?ktos, easily fused ; from eu- (see eu-) + t?kein, to melt (; from Indo-European an unverified form t?k- ; from base an unverified form t?-, to melt from source thaw) + -ic
a eutectic mixture or alloy
- Of, relating to, or formed at the lowest possible temperature of solidification for any mixture of specified constituents. Used especially of an alloy whose melting point is lower than that of any other alloy composed of the same constituents in different proportions.
- Exhibiting the constitution or properties of such a solid.
- A eutectic mixture, solution, or alloy.
- The eutectic temperature.
Origin of eutecticFrom Greek eut&emacron;ktos, easily melted : eu-, eu- + t&emacron;ktos, melted (from t&emacron;kein, to melt).
- Describing the chemical composition or temperature of a mixture of substances that gives the lowest temperature at which the mixture becomes fully molten. A further requirement is that that temperature is lower than the melting point of any of the pure component substances.
- (chemistry) Describing the thermodynamic equilibrium conditions where a liquid coexists with two solid phases.
- For a mixture with two components at a fixed pressure, the eutectic reaction can only happen at a fixed chemical composition and temperature, called the eutectic point.
- A material that has the composition of an eutectic mixture or eutectic alloy
- The temperature of the eutectic point
- Use with the indefinite article is mixed. The dominant usage seems to favour "a eutectic", although "an eutectic" can be found in some texts.
From Ancient Greek εὔτηκτος (eutēktos, “easily melted”), from εὖ (eu, “well”) + τήκω (tēkō, “to melt”).