re·​crys·​tal·​lize | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈkri-stə-ˌlīz How to pronounce recrystallize (audio) \
recrystallized; recrystallizing; recrystallizes

Definition of recrystallize

transitive + intransitive

: to crystallize again or repeatedly In a second step, GE's long-established high-pressure technology … was used to dissolve and recrystallize a cluster [of tiny diamonds] into a single gem.Lapidary Journal … the meteorite does show hints in some places of having melted and recrystallized, which could indicate more about the conditions under which it was knocked off from its parent body.— Alexandra Witze

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Other Words from recrystallize

recrystallization \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌkri-​stə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce recrystallize (audio) \ noun, plural recrystallizations

Examples of recrystallize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under their most pessimistic scenario, tungsten bricks will cyclically melt and recrystallize. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Smaller, more efficient tokamak could follow in ITER’s fusion footsteps," 27 Oct. 2020 After burial, the minute shells may recrystallize or dissolve unless they are protected by mud that blocks the flow of water, and the ones that survive as fossils are highly valuable to paleontologists because of their unaltered biominerals. Anna K. Behrensmeyer, Smithsonian, "How Do Fossils Form?," 8 June 2019 The coccoliths in ancient chalk deposits like Dover’s cliffs have maintained their microscopic size, resisting the natural tendency of calcite to partially dissolve over time and recrystallize into larger clumps. Ars Technica, WIRED, "Plankton May Hold Up Well to Ocean Acidification," 31 May 2011

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First Known Use of recrystallize

1724, in the meaning defined above

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“Recrystallize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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variants: also British recrystallise \ (ˈ)rē-​ˈkris-​tə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce recrystallize (audio) \
recrystallized also British recrystallised; recrystallizing also British recrystallising

Medical Definition of recrystallize

: to crystallize again or repeatedly

Other Words from recrystallize

recrystallization also British recrystallisation \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌkris-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce recrystallize (audio) \ noun

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