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anatexis

[an-uh-tek-sis] /ˌæn əˈtɛk sɪs/
noun, plural anatexes
[an-uh-tek-seez] /ˌæn əˈtɛk siz/ (Show IPA).
Geology
1.
the process by which igneous rock remelts into magma.
Origin of anatexis
< New Latin < Greek anátēxis a melting, equivalent to anatḗk(ein) to melt down (ana- ana- + tḗkein to thaw) + -sis -sis
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British Dictionary definitions for anatexis

anatexis

/ˈænəˌtɛksɪs/
noun
1.
(geology) the partial melting of rocks, esp in the formation of metamorphic rocks
Word Origin
C20: from Greek: rebirth
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