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crystallite

[kris-tl-ahyt] /ˈkrɪs tlˌaɪt/
noun, Mineralogy
1.
a minute body in glassy igneous rock, showing incipient crystallization.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; crystall- + -ite1
Related forms
crystallitic
[kris-tl-it-ik] /ˌkrɪs tlˈɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for crystallitic

crystallite

/ˈkrɪstəˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
any of the minute rudimentary or imperfect crystals occurring in many glassy rocks
Derived Forms
crystallitic (ˌkrɪstəˈlɪtɪk) adjective
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Encyclopedia Article for crystallitic

crystallite

any of a type of microscopic body occurring in such glassy igneous rocks as obsidian and pitchstone. Crystallites are regarded as incipient or embryonic crystals, though they often have no recognizable crystallographic form and are too small to polarize light. They occur when magma (molten rock material) congeals so rapidly that crystallization remains incomplete. Crystallites are distinguished from microlites, which are slightly larger forms recognizable as mineral species

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