inosilicate

noun
ino·​silicate | \ ¦inō, ¦īnō+ \

Definition of inosilicate

: 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

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in- entry 3 + silicate

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“Inosilicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inosilicate. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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