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

Example Sentences

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 9 Dec. 2022.

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