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epitaxis

[ ep-i-tak-sis ]

noun

, Crystallography.
, plural ep·i·tax·es [ep-i-, tak, -seez].
  1. an oriented overgrowth of crystalline material upon the surface of another crystal of different chemical composition but similar structure.


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  • epi·taxi·al epi·taxic adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of epitaxis1

From New Latin, dating back to 1950–55; epi-, -taxis

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