Tholin Definition

thōlĭn
noun
A reddish organic substance, found on the surface of icy bodies in the outer solar system, and formed by the exposure of simple organic compounds, such as ethane and methane, to ultraviolet radiation.
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Other Word Forms of Tholin

Noun

Singular:
tholin
Plural:
tholins

Origin of Tholin

  • Greek tholos mud –in (coined by Carl Sagan)

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

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