One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of liquids) not forming a homogeneous mixture when mixed.‘benzene is immiscible with water’
- ‘Oil and water are immiscible liquids, but a temporary emulsion may be formed by a brisk shaking of the liquids.’
- ‘Fluids, immiscible droplets of metal sulphides, and elements like boron and fluorine are concentrated in the remaining melt.’
- ‘We searched for immiscible liquid phases in monolayers of two different ternary lipid mixtures.’
- ‘An emulsion prepared by homogenising two pure immiscible liquid components will rapidly result in phase separation.’
- ‘They are immiscible with many organic solvents, particularly linear hydrocarbons and alicyclics like cyclopentane, so can be combined either with water or with an organic solvent to form a two-phase system.’
Late 17th century: from late Latin immiscibilis, from in- ‘not’ + miscibilis (see miscible).
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