Azeotrope definition

ə-zēə-trōp, āzē-
A liquid mixture of two or more substances that boils at a constant characteristic temperature lower or higher than any of its components and that retains the same composition in the vapor state as in the liquid state.
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A liquid mixture that maintains a constant boiling point and that produces a vapor of the same composition as the mixture.
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(physics) A mixture of two or more substances whose liquid and gaseous forms have the same composition (at a certain pressure); the substances cannot be separated by normal distillation.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
azeotrope
Plural:
azeotropes

Origin of azeotrope

  • a– Greek zein to boil zeolite Greek -tropos turning –tropous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek α- (a-, “no”) + ζέειν (zeein, “to boil”) + τρόπος (tropos, “state”).

    From Wiktionary