cryo-, cry-, kryo-, kry-

(Greek: cold, very cold, freezing; used to describe the effects of low temperatures or activities carried on at a very low temperature)

1. The use of cold in the treatment of disease.
2. Medical treatment that involves cooling the body, especially by applying ice packs.
cryotolerant (adjective), more cryotolerant, most cryotolerant
Relating to the ability to exist in very low temperatures.
To capture one type of gas by entrapping it under another gas during the process of condensing the latter one at a low temperature.
1. A cryogenic device that uses the principle that a varying magnetic field can cause the resistance of a superconducting element to change rapidly between its high normal and low superconductive values: used as a switch and as a computer-memory element.
2. A superconductive device in which current in one or more input circuits magnetically controls the superconducting-to-normal transition in one or more output circuits.
cryotropism, cryotropic
An orientation response to the stimulus of cold or frost.
cryoturbation (s) (noun), cryoturbations (pl)
Disturbance of the soil surface by the action of freezing or of alternate freezing and thawing.
The technique of using a cryostat or freezing microtome, in which the temperature is regulated to -20 degrees Celsius, to cut ultrathin frozen sections for microscopic (usually, electron microscopic) examination.
Transscleral freezing of the ciliary body in the treatment of glaucoma.
Determination of the freezing point of blood.
1. Extreme sensibility to cold or extreme pain caused by cold.
2. Excessive pain resulting from exposure to cold.
3. An increased feeling of pain when exposed to cold.
hypercryesthesia (s) (noun), hypercryesthesias (pl)
An excessive, or extreme, sensitivity to cold: Mark's sister suffered from hypercryesthesia and so she could not bear to go outside in the winter.
A decreased feeling of pain when exposed to cold.
hypocryesthesia (s) (noun), hypocryesthesias (pl)
A decreased sensitivity to cold: The hypocryesthesia of Mary's mother meant that she usually did not need to wear a heavy coat during winter.
A line connecting points on the earth’s surface at which the temperature is the same during a specified coldest period of the year.
Cryoscopy of urine or determining the freezing point of urine.

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Cross references of word families that are related directly or indirectly to "winter, freezing, frost, and/or cold": algid- (cold, chilly); cheimo-, chimo- (winter, cold); crymo-, krymo- (cold, chill, frost); frigo-, frig- (cold, frost); gel-, gelati- (freeze, frost, congeal); hiber- (winter, wintry); pago- (cold, freezing); psychro- (cold); rhigo- (cold, frost; shiver).