ISPE Glossary of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Terminology

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A chemical reaction of metals with the environment to form an oxide, carbonate, sulfate, or other stable compound.


Uniform dissolution of the metal surface exposed to a corrodent. Expressed as corrosion “rate”.


A chemical or electrochemical interaction between a metal and its environment, which results in changes in the properties of the metal. This may lead to impairment of the function of the metal, the environment, and/or the technical system involved.

Publication Source: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Bioprocessing Equipment (BPE) - 2009 Revision

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See also: Oxidation

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