Melting point

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The temperature at which equilibrium exists between the solid and liquid states of a pure substance. Melting point is measured at standard atmospheric pressure. The terms melting point and freezing point are generally used synonymously depending on whether the substance is being heated or cooled.

Synonyms and Related Terms

mp; m.p.; Schmelzpunkt (Deut.); température de fusion (Fr.); point de fusion (Fr.);

Resources and Citations

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