an·​a·​tex·​is | \ ˌanəˈteksə̇s \
plural anatexes\ -​kˌsēz \

Definition of anatexis

: any process by which plutonic rocks are dissolved and again converted into magmas

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First Known Use of anatexis

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anatexis

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

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“Anatexis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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