- noting or pertaining to a system of crystallization in which the crystals have three unequal axes, with one oblique intersection.
Compare crystal system.
Origin of monoclinic
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The crystals are monoclinic and occur in porphyry almost exclusively.Rimrock Trail
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Pyroxenes crystallizing in the monoclinic system are the most important.
Monoclinic crystals common, usually of simple forms, as shown by Figure 75i.
Sulphur exists in two well-known crystalline forms—rhombic, or octahedral, and monoclinic, or prismatic sulphur.
At any point outside this area, monoclinic sulphur can exist only in a metastable condition.
- crystallog relating to or belonging to the crystal system characterized by three unequal axes, one pair of which are not at right angles to each other
C19: from mono- + Greek klīnein to lean + -ic
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- Relating to a crystal having three axes of different lengths. Two of the axes are at oblique angles to each other, and the third axis is perpendicular to the plane that is made by the other two. The mineral gypsum has monoclinic crystals. See illustration at crystal.
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