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[ree-kris-tl-ahyz] /riˈkrɪs tlˌaɪz/
verb (used without object), recrystallized, recrystallizing.
to become crystallized again.
Metallurgy. (of a metal) to acquire a new granular structure with new crystals because of plastic deformation, as when hot-worked.
verb (used with object), recrystallized, recrystallizing.
to crystallize again.
Origin of recrystallize
1790-1800; re- + crystallize
Related forms
recrystallization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for recrystallize
  • If slate minerals further recrystallize, giving the rocks a shiny appearance, the new rock is phyllite.
  • Marble forms when sedimentary limestone is heated and squeezed by natural rock-forming processes so that the grains recrystallize.
  • In nature, compacted snow may recrystallize and become ice, or ice may form on water.
  • Heating an amorphous silica usually causes it to recrystallize as cristobalite.
  • High temperatures and pressures at these depths cause the minerals to recrystallize, forming metamorphic rocks.
  • The layers of rock are folded and the mudstones recrystallize to form mica schists.
  • If the impurity level is not acceptable, recrystallize the derivative in ethanol.
British Dictionary definitions for recrystallize


(chem) to dissolve and subsequently crystallize (a substance) from the solution, as in purifying chemical compounds, or (of a substance) to crystallize in this way
to undergo or cause to undergo the process in which a deformed metal forms a new set of undeformed crystal grains
Derived Forms
recrystallization, recrystallisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for recrystallize

also re-crystallize, 1774, from re- + crystallize. Related: Recrystallized; recrystallizing.

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