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A supposed polymeric form of water having properties markedly different from ordinary water and reputedly discovered in fine capillary tubes. These properties were later found to be the result of impurities.
- ‘Good scientists, however, do not carry faith too far and, like Boris Deryagin, the discoverer of polywater, sometimes have to admit error or abandon a cherished theory.’
- ‘The reason I gave last week for the error that created the false scientific ‘discovery’ known as ‘polywater’ - the inadvertent presence of detergents on lab glassware - turns out to be somewhat more complicated than that.’
- ‘As I read his descriptions of polywater and ‘remembering water,’ I wondered aloud, ‘Why aren't these New Age folks grateful for the genuinely wondrous properties of water without which we would not be alive today?’’
- ‘In both polywater and N-rays, science nicely corrected itself, as it was designed to do.’
- ‘N-rays, polywater, and cold fusion each have their own comprehensive chapters.’
1960s: from poly- + water.
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