Definition of pyrolyze in English:


Syllabification: py·ro·lyze
Pronunciation: /ˈpīrəˌlīz
(British pyrolyse)


  • Make or become decomposed through heating to a high temperature.
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    • It was found that the resorcinol-formaldehyde gels could be pyrolyzed to give aerogels of pure carbon.
    • Both oil yield and styrene production decreased when pyrolyzed WEPS was repyrolyzed.
    • Hydrocarbons within the formation may be pyrolyzed.


1920s: from pyrolysis, on the pattern of analyze.

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