[ kris-tl-og-ruh-fee ]

  1. the science dealing with crystallization and the forms and structure of crystals.

Origin of crystallography

First recorded in 1795–1805; crystallo- + -graphy

Other words from crystallography

  • crys·tal·log·ra·pher, noun

Words Nearby crystallography Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use crystallography in a sentence

  • This was especially exemplified in the case of the Abb Hay, whose work in crystallography was to mean so much.

  • Now in crystallography there are only thirty-two possible classes of crystal lattice construction.

    Highways in Hiding | George Oliver Smith
  • The study of the geometric forms assumed by minerals (crystallography) forms a department of the science of mineralogy.

    Geology | James Geikie
  • On the strength of this, modern crystallography distinguishes six different systems of crystals.

    The Wonders of Life | Ernst Haeckel
  • Needless to say crystallography is not confronted with problems of such a nature.

British Dictionary definitions for crystallography


/ (ˌkrɪstəˈlɒɡrəfɪ) /

  1. the science concerned with the formation, properties, and structure of crystals

Derived forms of crystallography

  • crystallographer, noun
  • crystallographic (ˌkrɪstələʊˈɡræfɪk), adjective
  • crystallographically, adverb

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