anatexis

noun an·a·tex·is \ˌanəˈteksə̇s\

Definition of anatexis

plural

anatexes

\-kˌsēz\
  1. :  any process by which plutonic rocks are dissolved and again converted into magmas

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Origin and Etymology of anatexis

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


First Known Use: 1907


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