Definition of destructive distillation in English:

destructive distillation

noun

Chemistry
  • [mass noun] Decomposition of a solid by heating it in a closed container and collecting the volatile constituents given off.

    • ‘I used to know this as destructive distillation of coal, but I believe there is a more modern term.’
    • ‘It can be obtained by the destructive distillation of wood, and can also be produced from acetylene and water using an oxidation process with air.’
    • ‘It was originally produced by the destructive distillation of wood.’
    • ‘Historically acetone was prepared by the destructive distillation of wood, followed by fractional distillation of the product.’
    • ‘Artificial ‘smoke’ flavouring is made by the destructive distillation of wood.’