cataclasis

[kat-uh-kley-sis, kuh-tak-luh-sis]

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

noun plural -ses (-siːz)
  1. 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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