crys·​tal·​lite | \ ˈkri-stə-ˌlīt How to pronounce crystallite (audio) \

Definition of crystallite

1a : a minute mineral form (as in glassy volcanic rocks) that marks the beginning of crystallization
b : a single grain in a polycrystalline substance

Examples of crystallite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s because electrical charges moving through the material got stuck at the boundaries between the myriad crystallites making up the material. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "LEDs created from wonder material could revolutionize lighting and displays," 4 June 2019 At this level of magnification, the researchers were able to discern novel details about the building blocks of our bodily framework: our bones, which comprise mineral crystallites and spiraling strands of the protein collagen called fibrils. Angus Chen, Scientific American, "Core Strength: Extreme “Close Ups” May Help Explain Why Our Bones Are So Strong," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of crystallite

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for crystallite

borrowed from French cristallite, from cristal crystal entry 1 + -ite -ite entry 1

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“Crystallite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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