crys·​tal·​lite | \ˈkri-stə-ˌlīt \

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

2 : micelle

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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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