Meaning of critical point

crit'ical point"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. the point at which a substance in one phase, as the liquid, has the same density, pressure, and temperature as in another phase, as the gaseous.
    1. (of a function of a single variable) a point at which the derivative of the function is zero.
    2. (of a function of several variables) a point at which all partial derivatives of the function are zero.
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