amor·​phi·​za·​tion ə-ˌmȯr-fə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce amorphization (audio)
: the act or process of making something structurally amorphous or of becoming structurally amorphous
pressure-induced amorphization of crystals …Russell J. Hemley et al., Physics Today, August 1998
The formation and growth of an amorphous metallic alloy by atomic transport in the solid state, or solid-state amorphization, is in fact ubiquitous.Yang-Tse Cheng et al., Science, 27 Feb. 1987
amorphize transitive verb
amorphized; amorphizing; amorphizes
Here I describe experiments probing this relationship for a form of crystalline ice … which is melted and amorphized by pressure. Osamu Mishima, Nature, 12 Dec. 1996

Word History


amorph(ous) + -ization

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amorphization was in 1915

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“Amorphization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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