anatase

[an-uh-teys, -teyz]
noun Mineralogy.
a naturally occurring crystalline form of titanium dioxide, TiO 2 .
Also called octahedrite.


Origin:
1835–45; < French < Greek anátasis, equivalent to ana- ana- + ta- (variant stem of teínein to stretch) + -sis -sis

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anatase (ˈænəˌteɪz)
 
n
Also called: octahedrite a rare blue or black mineral that consists of titanium oxide in tetragonal crystalline form and occurs in veins in igneous rocks. Formula: TiO2
 
[C19: from French, from Greek anatasis an extending (referring to the length of the crystals), from anateinein to stretch out]

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anatase

one of three minerals composed of titanium dioxide (TiO2), the other two being rutile and brookite. It is found as hard, brilliant crystals of tetragonal symmetry and various colours in veins in igneous and metamorphic rocks and commonly in placer deposits of detritus. Notable vein deposits exist in many regions of the Alps; placer deposits are common in Minas Gerais and Bahia, Braz. Much anatase is formed by weathering of titanite, and it is itself altered to rutile; rutile paramorphs (replacements having the same outward shape) after anatase are common in the detrital deposits of Brazil and the Sanarka region of the Urals. For detailed physical properties, see oxide mineral (table)

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Pure anatase films consisted of epitaxial anatase surface particles on a continuous anatase film.
Anatase-grade pigment is often used in the paper industry because it is less abrasive to papermaking machinery.
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