clastic

[klas-tik]
adjective
1.
Biology. breaking up into fragments or separate portions; dividing into parts.
2.
pertaining to an anatomical model made up of detachable pieces.
3.
Geology. noting or pertaining to rock or rocks composed of fragments or particles of older rocks or previously existing solid matter; fragmental.

Origin:
1870–75; < Greek klastós broken in pieces (klas- variant stem of klân to break + -tos verbal adjective suffix) + -ic

nonclastic, adjective
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clastic (ˈklæstɪk)
 
adj
1.  (of sedimentary rock, etc) composed of fragments of pre-existing rock that have been transported some distance from their points of origin
2.  biology dividing into parts: a clastic cell
3.  able to be dismantled for study or observation: a clastic model of the brain
 
[C19: from Greek klastos shattered, from klan to break]

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clastic
1875, from Gk. klastos "broken," from klan "to break," from PIE *kla-, var. of base *kel- "to strike."
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clastic clas·tic (klās'tĭk)
adj.

  1. Breaking up into pieces or exhibiting a tendency to break or divide.

  2. Separable into parts or having removable sections, as an anatomical model.

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clast   (klāst)  Pronunciation Key 
A rock fragment or grain resulting from the breakdown of larger rocks.

clastic adjective (klās'tĭk)
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Example sentences
The types of sediment found in a clastic sedimentary rock can tell geologists
  much about past environments.
Fine-grained clastic host rocks generally have low permeability.
Shale is a clastic sedimentary rock composed of silt and clay grains.
As a consequence, the coarse clastic units grow progressively thinner and finer
  grained.
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