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anatexis

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

the process by which igneous rock remelts into magma.

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Origin of anatexis

<New Latin <Greek anátēxis a melting, equivalent to anatḗk(ein) to melt down (ana-ana- + tḗkein to thaw) + -sis-sis
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British Dictionary definitions for anatexis

anatexis
/ (ˈænəˌtɛksɪs) /

noun

geology the partial melting of rocks, esp in the formation of metamorphic rocks
C20: from Greek: rebirth
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