paragenesis

noun
para·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌper-ə-ˈje-nə-səs, ˌpa-rə-\

Definition of paragenesis

: the formation of minerals in contact in such a manner as to affect one another's development

Other Words from paragenesis

paragenetic \ ˌper-​ə-​jə-​ˈne-​tik , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective
paragenetically \ ˌper-​ə-​jə-​ˈne-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adverb

First Known Use of paragenesis

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paragenesis

New Latin

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