One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Included between two faces of a crystal or other solid.
- ‘The study of water crystallization and melting in the Lanreotide acetate samples showed the existence of three different water states: bulk water, interfacial water, and nonfreezing water.’
- ‘The lines represent the free energy of the interfacial water between the faces of adjacent quarterspheres.’
- ‘The residence times of the interfacial water molecules appear to depend most strongly upon the degree of exposure of the hydration site to bulk solvent.’
- ‘The alcohol molecules replace the interfacial water molecules.’
2Relating to or forming a common boundary between two portions of matter or space.
- ‘We observe association of all ion types in the interfacial region.’
- ‘Once a nucleus of the new phase exceeds a critical size, movement of constituents across the interfacial boundary commonly increases any one dimension at a constant rate.’
- ‘Of particular interest in these studies has been the ability to map singlet oxygen diffusion across an interfacial boundary into a different phase-separated domain.’
- ‘The present study tests the possibilities that the proteins might promote adsorption either by producing a more fluid bilayer or by creating interfacial boundaries.’
- ‘The interfacial layer can form both at an air/water and an immiscible liquid/water interface.’
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