retrograde evaporation

retrograde evaporation

[′re·trə‚grād i‚vap·ə′rā·shən]
(organic chemistry)
Phenomenon associated with the behavior of a hydrocarbon mixture in the critical region wherein, at constant temperature, the liquid phase in contact with the vapor may be vaporized by an increase in pressure; or at constant pressure, the liquid is evaporated by a decrease in temperature.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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