anatexis

noun

an·​a·​tex·​is
ˌanəˈteksə̇s
plural anatexes
-kˌsēz
: any process by which plutonic rocks are dissolved and again converted into magmas

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek anatēxis act of melting, thawing, from anatēkein to melt, thaw (from ana- + tēkein to thaw) + -sis

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anatexis was in 1907

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“Anatexis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anatexis. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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