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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.
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Origin of crystalloid

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

OTHER WORDS FROM crystalloid

crys·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 forms of crystalloid

crystalloidal, adjective
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