AskDefine | Define decrepitation

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decrepitation n : the crackling or breaking up of certain crystals when they are heated

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  1. The shattering of minerals by the action of heat, especially when accompanied by a crackling sound

Extensive Definition

Decrepitation is the breaking of a substance usually accompanied by the emission of a crackling sound. An example for a substance which decrepitates on heating is lead nitrate (Pb(NO3)2).


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