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phase rule

Syllabification: phase rule

Definition of phase rule in English:

noun

Chemistry
A rule relating the possible numbers of phases, constituents, and degrees of freedom in a chemical system.
Example sentences
  • For simple systems, the Gibbs phase rule limits the conditions at which multiple phases can coexist at equilibrium.
  • Briefly, if one collapse point is observed for a mixed film (in which individual components have differentiated collapse pressures) the surface phase rule determines lateral miscibility in the film.
  • For lipid mixtures the phase rule allows a temperature interval in which water may be in equilibrium with gel and fluid lipid domains.

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