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symmetry axis of rotation

noun, Crystallography

rotation axis

noun, Crystallography
1.
an imaginary line through a crystal about which the crystal may be rotated a specified number of degrees and be brought back to its original position.
Also called axis of symmetry, symmetry axis of rotation.
Compare symmetry element.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05
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