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symplectic

adjective sym·plec·tic \(ˈ)sim¦plektik\

Definition of symplectic

  1. 1 :  relating to or being an intergrowth of two different minerals (as in ophicalcite, myrmekite, or micropegmatite)

  2. 2 :  relating to or being a bone between the hyomandibular and the quadrate in the mandibular suspensorium of many fishes that unites the other bones of the suspensorium

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Origin and Etymology of symplectic

Greek symplektikos of intertwining, from symplektos (verbal of symplekein to plait together, intertwine, from syn- + plekein to plait) + -ikos -ic — more at ply


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symplectic

noun sym·plec·tic \"\

Definition of symplectic

plural

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  1. :  the symplectic bone

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