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paragenesis

[par-uh-jen-uh-sis]
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noun Geology.
  1. the origin of minerals or mineral deposits in contact so as to affect one another's formation.
  2. the order in which the minerals in a rock or vein have crystallized.
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Origin of paragenesis

From New Latin, dating back to 1850–55; see origin at para-1, genesis
Related formspar·a·ge·net·ic [par-uh-juh-net-ik] /ˌpær ə dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for paragenesis

paragenesis

paragenesia (ˌpærədʒɪˈniːzɪə)

noun
  1. a characteristic association of minerals in a particular type of rock or ore deposit
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Derived Formsparagenetic (ˌpærədʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjectiveparagenetically, adverb
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