de vitrify

devitrify

[dee-vi-truh-fahy]
verb (used with object), devitrified, devitrifying.
1.
Chemistry. to deprive, wholly or partly, of vitreous character or properties.
verb (used without object), devitrified, devitrifying.
2.
Petrology. (of a volcanic rock or particle) to undergo a change in texture from glassy to crystalline.

Origin:
1825–35; de- + vitrify

devitrifiable, adjective
devitrification, noun
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devitrify (diːˈvɪtrɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to change from a vitreous state to a crystalline state
2.  to lose or cause to lose the properties of a glass and become brittle and opaque
 
devitrifi'cation
 
n

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