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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.
Synonym(s): destructive distillation
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Distillation of solids without added liquids.
See also: distillation
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