mar·​tens·​ite ˈmär-tᵊn-ˌzīt How to pronounce martensite (audio)
: the hard constituent that is the chief component of quenched steel
martensitic adjective
martensitically adverb

Examples of martensite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The martensite produced microcracks, which eventually grew into brittle fractures. John Brant, Popular Mechanics, 25 Oct. 2019

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Word History


Adolf Martens †1914 German metallurgist

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of martensite was in 1898

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“Martensite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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