cataclasis

[ kat-uh-kley-sis, kuh-tak-luh-sis ]
/ ˌkæt əˈkleɪ sɪs, kəˈtæk lə sɪs /

noun Petrology.

a process of deformation or metamorphism in which the grains of a rock are fractured and rotated.

Nearby words

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  2. catabolize,
  3. catacaustic,
  4. catachresis,
  5. catachronobiology,
  6. cataclastic,
  7. cataclinal,
  8. cataclysm,
  9. cataclysmic,
  10. catacomb

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)

Related formscat·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 Formscataclastic (ˌkætəˈklæstɪk), adjective

Word Origin for cataclasis

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

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