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cryptocrystalline

[krip-toh-kris-tl-in, -ahyn] /ˌkrɪp toʊˈkrɪs tl ɪn, -ˌaɪn/
adjective, Mineralogy
1.
having a microscopic crystalline structure.
Origin of cryptocrystalline
1860-1865
1860-65; crypto- + crystalline
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  • That is, the metamorphic rocks are characteristically holocrystalline, while igneous rocks are porphyritic, or cryptocrystalline.

    North America Israel C. Russell
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cryptocrystalline

/ˌkrɪptəʊˈkrɪstəlaɪn/
adjective
1.
(of rocks) composed of crystals that can be distinguished individually only by the use of a polarizing microscope
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cryptocrystalline in Science
cryptocrystalline
  (krĭp'tō-krĭs'tə-lĭn, -līn')   
Having a microscopic crystalline structure, as the mineral chalcedony does.
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