an·​ti·​prism | \ ¦an-ˌtī-¦pri-zəm How to pronounce antiprism (audio) , ¦an-tē- \
plural antiprisms

Definition of antiprism

: a polyhedron having two faces that are identical polygons in parallel planes but rotated from each other while the other faces are a series of alternately oriented triangles These are the first clusters composed of centered square antiprisms of metal atoms.— Francis J. DiSalvo, Science, 9 Feb. 1990

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antiprismatic \ ¦an-​ˌtī-​priz-​¦ma-​tik How to pronounce antiprismatic (audio) , ¦an-​tē-​ \ adjective
The ytterbium environment, in keeping with the diminished ionic radius, is now eight-coordinate with a square-antiprismatic arrangement. — Glen B. Deacon et al., Canadian Journal Of Chemistry, 1 Jan. 2009

First Known Use of antiprism

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antiprism

anti- entry 1 + prism

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“Antiprism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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