epitaxis

[ ep-i-tak-sis ]
/ ˌɛp ɪˈtæk sɪs /

noun, plural ep·i·tax·es [ep-i-tak-seez] /ˌɛp ɪˈtæk siz/. Crystallography.

an oriented overgrowth of crystalline material upon the surface of another crystal of different chemical composition but similar structure.

Origin of epitaxis

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

Related forms

ep·i·tax·i·al, ep·i·tax·ic, adjective
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