Definition of destructive distillation in English:

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destructive distillation


[mass noun] Chemistry
Decomposition of a solid by heating it in a closed container and collecting the volatile constituents given off.
Example sentences
  • Historically acetone was prepared by the destructive distillation of wood, followed by fractional distillation of the product.
  • I used to know this as destructive distillation of coal, but I believe there is a more modern term.
  • It can be obtained by the destructive distillation of wood, and can also be produced from acetylene and water using an oxidation process with air.

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