|1.||any of a large group of glassy secondary minerals consisting of hydrated aluminium silicates of calcium, sodium, or potassium: formed in cavities in lava flows and plutonic rocks|
|2.||See molecular sieve any of a class of similar synthetic materials used in ion exchange and as selective absorbents|
|[c18: zeo-, from Greek zein to boil + |
|zeolite (zē'ə-līt') Pronunciation Key
Any of a family of hydrous aluminum silicate minerals, whose molecules enclose cations of sodium, potassium, calcium, strontium, or barium. Zeolites are usually white or colorless, but they can also be red or yellow. They are characterized by their easy and reversible loss of water of hydration. They usually occur within cavities in basalt.