ep·​i·​taxy | \ ˈe-pə-ˌtak-sē How to pronounce epitaxy (audio) \

Definition of epitaxy

: the growth on a crystalline substrate of a crystalline substance that mimics the orientation of the substrate

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Other Words from epitaxy

epitaxial \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈtak-​sē-​əl How to pronounce epitaxy (audio) \ adjective
epitaxially \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈtak-​sē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce epitaxy (audio) \ adverb

Examples of epitaxy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The previous method, molecular beam epitaxy, resulted in larger quantum dots that were less useful and unstable at all but the most extremely cold temperatures. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of epitaxy

circa 1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for epitaxy

borrowed from French épitaxie, from épi- epi- + Greek táxis "arrangement, disposition" + French -ie -y entry 2 — more at taxis

Note: The term was introduced by the French mineralogist Louis Royer (1895-1980) in "Recherches expérimentales sur l'épitaxie ou orientation mutuelle de cristaux d'espèces différentes," Bulletin de la Société française de minéralogie, tome 51 (1928), p. 8.

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“Epitaxy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epitaxy. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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