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cataclasis

[ kat-uh-kley-sis, kuh-tak-luh-sis ]
/ ˌkæt əˈkleɪ sɪs, kəˈtæk lə sɪs /
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noun Petrology.
a process of deformation or metamorphism in which the grains of a rock are fractured and rotated.
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Origin of cataclasis

<Greek katáklasis refraction, equivalent to katakla-, stem of kataklân to break off, refract, break down (kata-cata- + klân to break) + -sis-sis; compare Norwegian kataklasstruktur (1885)

OTHER WORDS FROM cataclasis

cat·a·clas·tic [kat-uh-klas-tik], /ˌkæt əˈklæs tɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cataclasis

cataclasis
/ (ˌkætəˈkleɪsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)
geology the deformation of rocks by crushing and shearing

Derived forms of cataclasis

cataclastic (ˌkætəˈklæstɪk), adjective

Word Origin for cataclasis

C19: New Latin, from Greek, from cata- + klasis a breaking
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