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[klawr-ahyt, klohr-] /ˈklɔr aɪt, ˈkloʊr-/
a group of minerals, hydrous silicates of aluminum, ferrous iron, and magnesium, occurring in green platelike crystals or scales.
Origin of chlorite1
First recorded in 1595-1605; chlor-1 + -ite1
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[klaw-rit-ik, kloh-] /klɔˈrɪt ɪk, kloʊ-/ (Show IPA),
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any of a group of green soft secondary minerals consisting of the hydrated silicates of aluminium, iron, and magnesium in monoclinic crystalline form: common in metamorphic rocks
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chloritic (klɔːˈrɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin chlōrītis precious stone of a green colour, from Greek khlōritis, from khlōros greenish yellow


any salt of chlorous acid, containing the monovalent ion ClO2
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chloritic in Medicine

chlorite chlo·rite2 (klôr'īt')

  1. A salt of chlorous acid.

  2. The inorganic group ClO2 or a salt containing it.

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chloritic in Science
chlorite 1
A usually green or black, flaky mineral that looks like mica. Chlorite is either monoclinic or triclinic and occurs in low-grade metamorphic rocks (rocks that have undergone little metamorphism). It often forms by the alteration of dark minerals (often rich in iron and magnesium) during metamorphism. Chemical formula: (Mg,Fe,Al)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH)8.
chlorite 2
A salt containing the group ClO2.
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