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Discontinuities in the Thermal Properties of Water and Aqueous Solutions

Naturevolume 214page163 (1967) | Download Citation



THERE is considerable controversy at present on discontinuities in various properties of water as a function of temperature1–5. In particular, the discontinuities postulated in the region of 37° C, that is, body temperature, have important biological implications. These discontinuities, however, are in the main so subtle that their very existence is questioned.

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  1. Department of Chemistry, University of Leicester

    • , M. F. FOX
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