Definition of cryoprotectant in English:

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cryoprotectant

Pronunciation: /ˌkrīōprəˈtektənt/

noun

Physiology
A substance that prevents the freezing of tissues, or prevents damage to cells during freezing.
Example sentences
  • Chemicals called cryoprotectants reduce ice formation but have toxic effects that introduce their own problems.
  • It is currently believed that effective cryoprotectants for proteins or enzymes in solution are excluded from the immediate vicinity of these biological molecules.
  • Diplolepis overwinter in a prepupal stage; they are freezing-intolerant and develop cryoprotectants that lower their supercooling points.

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Syllabification: cry·o·pro·tect·ant

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