noun, plural an·a·tex·es [an-uh-tek-seez] /ˌæn əˈtɛk siz/. Geology.

the process by which igneous rock remelts into magma.

Origin of anatexis

< New Latin < Greek anátēxis a melting, equivalent to anatḗk(ein) to melt down (ana- ana- + tḗkein to thaw) + -sis -sis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for anatexis



geology the partial melting of rocks, esp in the formation of metamorphic rocks

Word Origin for anatexis

C20: from Greek: rebirth
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