cataclasis

cataclasis

[kat-uh-kley-sis, kuh-tak-luh-sis]
noun Petrology.
a process of deformation or metamorphism in which the grains of a rock are fractured and rotated.

Origin:
< Greek katáklasis refraction, equivalent to katakla-, stem of kataklân to break off, refract, break down (kata- cata- + klân to break) + -sis -sis; compare Norwegian kataklasstruktur (1885)

cataclastic [kat-uh-klas-tik] , adjective
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cataclasis (ˌkætəˈkleɪsɪs)
 
n , pl -ses
geology the deformation of rocks by crushing and shearing
 
[C19: New Latin, from Greek, from cata- + klasis a breaking]
 
cataclastic
 
adj

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