destructive distillation


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to destructive distillation: Destructive Distillation of Wood

dry dis·til·la·tion

submission of an organic substance to heat in a closed vessel so that oxygen is absent and combustion prevented with the objective of effecting its decomposition with release of volatile constituents and the formation of new substances.

destructive distillation

The process of decomposing complex organic compounds by heat in the absence of air and condensing the vapor of the liquid products.
See also: distillation