crystalloid

[ kris-tl-oid ]
/ ˈkrɪs tlˌɔɪd /
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noun

a usually crystallizable substance that, when dissolved in a liquid, will diffuse readily through vegetable or animal membranes.
Botany. one of certain minute crystallike granules of protein, found in the tissues of various seeds.

adjective

resembling a crystal.
of the nature of a crystalloid.

Nearby words

  1. crystallo-,
  2. crystallog.,
  3. crystallographic,
  4. crystallographic axis,
  5. crystallography,
  6. crystallose,
  7. crystalluria,
  8. crèche,
  9. crème,
  10. crème anglaise

Origin of crystalloid

From the Greek word krystalloeidḗs, dating back to 1860–65. See crystall-, -oid

Related formscrys·tal·loi·dal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for crystalloid

crystalloid

/ (ˈkrɪstəˌlɔɪd) /

adjective

resembling or having the appearance or properties of a crystal or crystalloid

noun

a substance that in solution can pass through a semipermeable membraneCompare colloid (def. 3)
botany any of numerous crystals of protein occurring in certain seeds and other storage organs
Derived Formscrystalloidal, adjective

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Medicine definitions for crystalloid

crystalloid

[ krĭstə-loid′ ]

n.

A substance that in solution can pass through a semipermeable membrane and be crystallized, as distinguished from a colloid.

adj.

Resembling or having properties of a crystal or crystalloid.

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