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recrystallize

[ree-kris-tl-ahyz] /riˈkrɪs tlˌaɪz/
verb (used without object), recrystallized, recrystallizing.
1.
to become crystallized again.
2.
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.
3.
to crystallize again.
Also, especially British, recrystallise.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; re- + crystallize
Related forms
recrystallization, noun
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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

recrystallize

/riːˈkrɪstəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(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
2.
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
v.

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

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