Definition of clathrate in English:

clathrate

Syllabification: clath·rate
Pronunciation: /ˈklaTHˌrāt
 
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noun

Chemistry
  • A compound in which molecules of one component are physically trapped within the crystal structure of another.
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    • This creates cage structures called clathrates, which release gas on the tongue as the ice melts, producing a fizzy sensation in the mouth.
    • Technically they are clathrates (crystalline solids), similar to ice except that they are not of uniform molecular composition: part of their structure is provided by a ‘guest’ molecule.
    • Low-density clathrate structures have been observed and modeled at below-ambient pressures and temperatures.

Origin

1940s: from Latin clathratus, from clathri 'lattice bars', from Greek klēthra.

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