Cryptocrystalline Cryp`to*crys"tal*line (-kr?s"tal-l?n), a. [Gr. krypto`s hidden + E. crystalline.] (Geol.) Indistinctly crystalline; -- applied to rocks and minerals, whose state of aggregation is so fine that no distinct particles are visible, even under the microscope. [1913 Webster]

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  • Cryptocrystalline — is a rock texture made up of such minute crystals that its crystalline nature is only vaguely revealed even microscopically in thin section by transmitted polarized light. Among the sedimentary rocks, chert and flint are cryptocrystalline.… …   Wikipedia

  • cryptocrystalline — [krip΄tōkris′təl in] adj. Mineralogy having a crystalline structure of submicroscopic crystals …   English World dictionary

  • cryptocrystalline — adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1862 having a crystalline structure so fine that no distinct particles are recognizable under a microscope < cryptocrystalline quartz > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cryptocrystalline — /krip toh kris tl in, uyn /, adj. Mineral. having a microscopic crystalline structure. [1860 65; CRYPTO + CRYSTALLINE] * * * …   Universalium

  • cryptocrystalline — adjective Whose crystalline nature only becomes apparent at high levels of magnification …   Wiktionary

  • cryptocrystalline — Having very minute crystals. * * * cryp·to·crys·tal·line .krip tō kris tə lən adj having a crystalline structure so fine that no distinct particles are recognizable under the microscope * * * cryp·to·crys·tal·line (krip″to krisґtə… …   Medical dictionary

  • cryptocrystalline — adj. having a microscopic crystalline structure …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cryptocrystalline — adjective having a crystalline structure visible only when magnified …   English new terms dictionary

  • cryptocrystalline — cryp·to·crystalline …   English syllables

  • cryptocrystalline — cryp•to•crys•tal•line [[t]ˌkrɪp toʊˈkrɪs tl ɪn, ˌaɪn[/t]] adj. mir having a submicroscopic crystalline structure • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

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