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Word of the day for June 13
nitrox n
  1. (metallurgy) An industrial process for case hardening (imparting greater surface hardness to) metal objects, involving nitrocarburizing (the diffusion of carbon and nitrogen into the metal) followed by oxidation.
  2. (underwater diving) A mixture of nitrogen and oxygen, the nitrogen content being lower than what is normally present in air, which is used in place of air as a breathing gas.

PointingHand.svg British diving engineer Henry Fleuss, who invented the first commercially practical scuba rebreather, was born on this day in 1851.

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