anomalous expansion

anomalous expansion

[ə′näm·ə·ləs ik′span·shən]
(thermodynamics)
An increase in the volume of a substance that results from a decrease in its temperature, such as is displayed by water at temperatures between 0 and 4°C (32 and 39°F).
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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