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crystal system

noun, Crystallography
any of the six main classifications of crystals and of crystal lattices according to their symmetry: isometric, hexagonal, tetragonal, orthorhombic, monoclinic, and triclinic. Unabridged
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  • The unit cell arrangement of the atoms within a crystal system gives the structure.
  • Referring to a rhombohedron, which is a common crystal form in the hexagonal crystal system.
British Dictionary definitions for crystal system

crystal system

(crystallog) any of six, or sometimes seven, classifications of crystals depending on their symmetry. The classes are cubic, tetragonal, hexagonal, orthorhombic, monoclinic, and triclinic. Sometimes an additional system, trigonal, is distinguished, although this is usually included in the hexagonal system See also crystal class
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