[ mahr-tn-zahyt ]
/ ˈmɑr tnˌzaɪt /
a metastable microconstituent of any of various forms of carbon steel, produced by undercooling sufficiently below the normal transformation temperature, especially a hard, brittle product of the decomposition of austenite, produced in this way.
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Origin of martensite
1895–1900; named after Adolf Martens (died 1914), German metallurgist; see -ite1
OTHER WORDS FROM martensitemar·ten·sit·ic [mahr-tn-zit-ik] /ˌmɑr tnˈzɪt ɪk/, adjective
Words nearby martensite
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Below the temperature of the point F the martensite becomes heterogeneous, and forms pearlite.The Phase Rule and Its Applications|Alexander Findlay
British Dictionary definitions for martensite
/ (ˈmɑːtɪnˌzaɪt) /
a constituent formed in steels by rapid quenching, consisting of a supersaturated solid solution of carbon in iron. It is formed by the breakdown of austenite when the rate of cooling is large enough to prevent pearlite forming
Derived forms of martensitemartensitic (ˌmɑːtɪnˈzɪtɪk), adjective
Word Origin for martensite
C20: named after Adolf Martens (died 1914), German metallurgist
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