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embrittlement

[em-brit-l-muh nt] /ɛmˈbrɪt l mənt/
noun
1.
the act or process of becoming brittle, as steel from exposure to certain environments or heat treatment or because of the presence of impurities.
Origin of embrittlement
1915-1920
1915-20; embrittle + -ment
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