cryptocrystalline

adjective

cryp·​to·​crys·​tal·​line ˌkrip-tō-ˈkri-stə-lən How to pronounce cryptocrystalline (audio)
: having a crystalline structure so fine that no distinct particles are recognizable under a microscope
cryptocrystalline quartz

Word History

Etymology

crypto- + crystalline

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cryptocrystalline was in 1862

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“Cryptocrystalline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cryptocrystalline. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

cryptocrystalline

adjective
cryp·​to·​crys·​tal·​line ˌkrip-tō-ˈkris-tə-lən How to pronounce cryptocrystalline (audio)
: having a crystalline structure so fine that no distinct particles are recognizable under the microscope
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