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v. vit·ri·fied, vit·ri·fy·ing, vit·ri·fies
To change or make into glass or a glassy substance, especially through heat fusion.
To become vitreous.

[French vitrifier, from Medieval Latin vitrificāre : Latin vitrum, glass + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]

vit′ri·fi′a·bil′i·ty n.
vit′ri·fi′a·ble adj.
vit′ri·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
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(ˌvɪtrɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) or


1. (Chemistry) the process or act of vitrifying or the state of being vitrified
2. (Elements & Compounds) something that is or has been vitrified
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Noun1.vitrification - a vitrified substance; the glassy result of being vitrified
solid - matter that is solid at room temperature and pressure
2.vitrification - the process of becoming vitreous
natural action, natural process, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
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Recently, vitrification methods have been improved using enhancement of cooling rate, decline in the volume of cryoprotectant and different carrier systems (7-9).
A protocol using droplet vitrification technique (Panis, Piette, & Swennen, 2005) was successfully performed using shoot tips as explants (Santos et al., 2015).
Vitrification is the process of cryopreservation using high concentrations of cryoprotectants and rapid cooling rates, which promptly transform the vitrification solution into a glass-like state without ice formation during cooling [9, 10].
Thus, this review summarizes pertinent data regarding the survival of pathogens in L[N.sub.2] and cross-contamination, the impact of the new vitrification systems and commonly used devices, and limitations of current L[N.sub.2] sterilization methods and offers suggestions on how to avoid the risk of cross-contamination of embryos stored in L[N.sub.2].
Conclusions: It indicated that an appropriate concentration of L-proline can improve the cryopreservation efficiency of mouse oocytes with low concentrations of DMSO and EG, which may be applicable to human oocyte vitrification.
Moreover, cold stress during vitrification and maternal diabetes induce autophagy in mammalian oocytes (Adastra et al., 2011; Bang et al., 2014; Tsukamoto et al., 2014).
Cryotherapy is a biotechnological method used to eliminate pathogens from infected clonal plant materials and it is based on cryopreservation using vitrification techniques, in which the biological material is exposed to liquid nitrogen (LN) at--196 [degrees]C for a period.
Vitrification is my favourite archaeological process and was first discovered in Scotland!
Critical vitrification steps towards survival of Garcinia hombroniana (Clusiaceae) shoot tips after cryopreservation
The Department of Energy is making plans for a third system to prepare radioactive waste for treatment, after the initial two systems planned could not meet a court-mandated deadline for the vitrification plant to start glassifying waste.