- Chemistry. a compound, as NaFeO2, formed when ferric oxide is combined with a more basic metallic oxide.
- Metallurgy. the pure iron constituent of ferrous metals, as distinguished from the iron carbides.
Origin of ferrite
1875–80; < Latin ferr(um) iron + -ite1
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Ferrite and cementite, already described in 10, are the final products of the transformation of austenite in slow-cooling.
The iron thus liberated, as the ferrite of this pearlite, changes simultaneously to α-ferrite.
Further, any ferrite liberated at Ar3 changes there from γ to β, and any present at Ar2 changes from β to α.
- any of a group of ferromagnetic highly resistive ceramic compounds with the formula MFe 2 O 4, where M is usually a metal such as cobalt or zinc
- any of the body-centred cubic allotropes of iron, such as alpha iron, occurring in steel, cast iron, etc
- any of various microscopic grains, probably composed of iron compounds, in certain igneous rocks
C19: from ferri- + -ite 1
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