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martensite

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noun mar·tens·ite \ˈmär-tən-ˌzīt\

Definition of martensite

  1. :  the hard constituent that is the chief component of quenched steel

mar·tens·it·ic play \ˌmar-tən-ˈzi-tik, -ˈsi-\ adjective
mar·tens·it·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Origin of martensite

Adolf Martens †1914 German metallurgist


First Known Use: 1898


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