Freezing Point Depression Definition

Chemistry Glossary Definition of Freezing Point Depression

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The freezing point of sea water is lower than that of fresh water due to freezing point depression. Pixabay

Freezing Point Depression Definition: 

The phenomenon that occurs when the freezing point of a liquid (a solvent) is lowered by adding another compound to it, such that the solution has a lower freezing point than the pure solvent.

Example:

The freezing point of seawater or even ordinary saltwater is lower than the freezing point of pure water.

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