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monoclinic

[mon-uh-klin-ik] /ˌmɒn əˈklɪn ɪk/
adjective, Crystallography
1.
noting or pertaining to a system of crystallization in which the crystals have three unequal axes, with one oblique intersection.
Compare crystal system.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; mono- + Greek klī́n(ein) to incline + -ic
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monoclinic

/ˌmɒnəʊˈklɪnɪk/
adjective
1.
(crystallog) relating to or belonging to the crystal system characterized by three unequal axes, one pair of which are not at right angles to each other
Word Origin
C19: from mono- + Greek klīnein to lean + -ic
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monoclinic
  (mŏn'ə-klĭn'ĭk)   
Relating to a crystal having three axes of different lengths. Two of the axes are at oblique angles to each other, and the third axis is perpendicular to the plane that is made by the other two. The mineral gypsum has monoclinic crystals. See illustration at crystal.
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