[krip-toh-kris-tl-in, -ahyn]

adjective Mineralogy.

having a microscopic crystalline structure.

Origin of cryptocrystalline

First recorded in 1860–65; crypto- + crystalline Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cryptocrystalline

Historical Examples of cryptocrystalline

  • That is, the metamorphic rocks are characteristically holocrystalline, while igneous rocks are porphyritic, or cryptocrystalline.

    North America

    Israel C. Russell

British Dictionary definitions for cryptocrystalline



(of rocks) composed of crystals that can be distinguished individually only by the use of a polarizing microscope
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cryptocrystalline in Science


[krĭp′tō-krĭstə-lĭn, -līn′]

Having a microscopic crystalline structure, as the mineral chalcedony does.
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