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noun, plural an·a·tex·es [an-uh-tek-seez] /ˌæn əˈtɛk siz/. Geology.
  1. 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


  1. geology the partial melting of rocks, esp in the formation of metamorphic rocks
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Word Origin for anatexis

C20: from Greek: rebirth
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