Define: Vitrification

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Definition: Vitrification

Quick Summary of Vitrification

a vitrified substance; the glassy result of being vitrified.

What is the dictionary definition of Vitrification?

Dictionary Definition

Vitrification is a waste disposal method for immobilizing and encapsulating radioactive and other types of hazardous materials. In the vitrification process, high temperatures (typically between 1100°C-1600°C) are employed to melt the material into a liquid which, on cooling, transforms to an amorphous, glass-like solid and permanently captures the waste.


Full Definition of Vitrification

A process of converting a material into a glass-like amorphous solid which is free of any crystalline structure, either by the quick removal or addition of heat or by mixing with an additive.


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Definition Sources

Definitions for Vitrification are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 25th March, 2020