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chlorite

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[ klawr-ahyt, klohr- ]
/ ˈklɔr aɪt, ˈkloʊr- /
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noun
a group of minerals, hydrous silicates of aluminum, ferrous iron, and magnesium, occurring in green platelike crystals or scales.
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Origin of chlorite

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First recorded in 1595–1605; chlor-1 + -ite1

OTHER WORDS FROM chlorite

chlo·rit·ic [klaw-rit-ik, kloh-], /klɔˈrɪt ɪk, kloʊ-/, adjective

Other definitions for chlorite (2 of 2)

chlorite2
[ klawr-ahyt, klohr- ]
/ ˈklɔr aɪt, ˈkloʊr- /

noun
a salt of chlorous acid, as potassium chlorite, KClO2.

Origin of chlorite

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First recorded in 1850–55; chlor-2 + -ite1
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British Dictionary definitions for chlorite (1 of 2)

chlorite1
/ (ˈklɔːraɪt) /

noun
any of a group of green soft secondary minerals consisting of the hydrated silicates of aluminium, iron, and magnesium in monoclinic crystalline form: common in metamorphic rocks

Derived forms of chlorite

chloritic (klɔːˈrɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for chlorite

C18: from Latin chlōrītis precious stone of a green colour, from Greek khlōritis, from khlōros greenish yellow

British Dictionary definitions for chlorite (2 of 2)

chlorite2
/ (ˈklɔːraɪt) /

noun
any salt of chlorous acid, containing the monovalent ion ClO 2
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Medical definitions for chlorite

chlorite
[ klôrīt′ ]

n.
A salt of chlorous acid.
The inorganic group ClO2 or a salt containing it.
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Scientific definitions for chlorite (1 of 2)

chlorite1
[ klôrīt′ ]

A usually green or black, flaky mineral that looks like mica. Chlorite is either monoclinic or triclinic and occurs in low-grade metamorphic rocks (rocks that have undergone little metamorphism). It often forms by the alteration of dark minerals (often rich in iron and magnesium) during metamorphism. Chemical formula: (Mg,Fe,Al)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH)8.

Scientific definitions for chlorite (2 of 2)

chlorite2
[ klôrīt′ ]

A salt containing the group ClO2.
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