: a class of polymeric silicates in which the silicon-oxygen tetrahedral groups share half of their oxygen atoms so as to form straight chains of indefinite length
also : a member of this class

called also metasilicate

compare cyclosilicate, nesosilicate, phyllosilicate, sorosilicate, tectosilicate

Word History


in- entry 3 + silicate

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“Inosilicate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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