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crystalline

[kris-tl-in, -ahyn, -een] /ˈkrɪs tl ɪn, -ˌaɪn, -ˌin/
adjective
1.
of or like crystal; clear; transparent.
2.
formed by crystallization.
3.
composed of crystals.
4.
pertaining to crystals or their formation.
Origin of crystalline
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English cristal(l)yn(e) < Latin crystallinus < Greek krystállinos. See crystal, -ine1
Related forms
crystallinity
[kris-tl-in-i-tee] /ˌkrɪs tlˈɪn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
multicrystalline, adjective
noncrystalline, adjective
precrystalline, adjective
pseudocrystalline, adjective
subcrystalline, adjective
uncrystalline, adjective
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Examples from the Web for non-crystalline
Historical Examples
  • It occurs both in a crystalline and amorphous form, the latter, or non-crystalline kind, being extensively used for lead-pencils.

    Geology James Geikie
  • Small globules appear (globulites), spherical and non-crystalline (so far as can be ascertained).

  • Carbon in the organic world, where it plays such an important part, is non-crystalline.

    The Breath of Life John Burroughs
  • Its characteristic flocculent, non-crystalline nature is plainly evident when examined under the microscope.

    Paint Technology and Tests Henry A. Gardner
  • The plates do become sulphated, but the sulphate remains in the porous, non-crystalline state in which it forms.

British Dictionary definitions for non-crystalline

crystalline

/ˈkrɪstəˌlaɪn/
adjective
1.
having the characteristics or structure of crystals
2.
consisting of or containing crystals
3.
made of or like crystal; transparent; clear
Derived Forms
crystallinity (ˌkrɪstəˈlɪnɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for non-crystalline

crystalline

adj.

late 14c., from Old French cristalin "like crystal" (Modern French crystallin), from Latin crystallinus, from Greek krystallinos "of crystal," from krystallos (see crystal).

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non-crystalline in Medicine

crystalline crys·tal·line (krĭs'tə-lĭn, -līn', -lēn')
adj.

  1. Being, relating to, or composed of crystal or crystals.

  2. Resembling crystal, as in transparency or distinctness of structure or outline.

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