[ kris-tl-uh-zey-shuh n ]
/ ˌkrɪs tl əˈzeɪ ʃən /


the act or process of crystallizing.
a crystallized body or formation.

Nearby words

  1. crystallin,
  2. crystalline,
  3. crystalline lens,
  4. crystallisation,
  5. crystallite,
  6. crystallize,
  7. crystallized,
  8. crystallo-,
  9. crystallog.,
  10. crystallographic

Origin of crystallization

First recorded in 1655–65; crystall- + -ization

Related formspost·crys·tal·li·za·tion, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for crystallization



1660s, noun of action from crystallize + -ation. Figurative use is attested from 1842.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for crystallization


[ krĭs′tə-lĭ-zāshən ]


The formation of crystals or the assumption of a crystalline form.
Related formscrystal•lize′ (-līz′) v.

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