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[kris-tl-uh-zey-shuh n]
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  1. the act or process of crystallizing.
  2. a crystallized body or formation.

Origin of crystallization

First recorded in 1655–65; crystall- + -ization
Related formspost·crys·tal·li·za·tion, adjective
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Examples from the Web for crystallization

Historical Examples

  • Meanwhile, to deal with the actual rumour, and its crystallization into history.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

    Raphael Sabatini

  • That is curious, for there are no signs of crystallization, nor can I detect a flaw.

    Adrift on the Pacific

    Edward S. Ellis

  • Stirring or shaking helps effervescence, just as it does crystallization.

    Common Science

    Carleton W. Washburne

  • Inventors are at work discovering alloys to prevent this crystallization.

    Diggers in the Earth

    Eva March Tappan

  • The process of crystallization is always from within outward.

Word Origin and History for crystallization


1660s, noun of action from crystallize + -ation. Figurative use is attested from 1842.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

crystallization in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. The formation of crystals or the assumption of a crystalline form.
Related formscrystal•lize′ (-līz′) v.
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