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devitrify

[ dee-vi-truh-fahy ]
/ diˈvɪ trəˌfaɪ /
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verb (used with object), de·vit·ri·fied, de·vit·ri·fy·ing.

Chemistry. to deprive, wholly or partly, of vitreous character or properties.

verb (used without object), de·vit·ri·fied, de·vit·ri·fy·ing.

Petrology. (of a volcanic rock or particle) to undergo a change in texture from glassy to crystalline.

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Origin of devitrify

First recorded in 1825–35; de- + vitrify

OTHER WORDS FROM devitrify

de·vit·ri·fi·a·ble, adjectivede·vit·ri·fi·ca·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for devitrify

devitrify
/ (diːˈvɪtrɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

to change from a vitreous state to a crystalline state
to lose or cause to lose the properties of a glass and become brittle and opaque

Derived forms of devitrify

devitrification, noun
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