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unit cell

noun, Crystallography
the simplest unit of a regular lattice.
Origin of unit cell
1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The unit cell arrangement of the atoms within a crystal system gives the structure.
  • They will design a unit cell from a cluster of geometric shapes and repeat this design to form a tessellation.
British Dictionary definitions for unit cell

unit cell

(crystallog) the smallest group of atoms, ions, or molecules that is characteristic of a particular crystal lattice
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