[ mon-uh-klin-ik ]
/ ˌmɒn əˈklɪn ɪk /

adjective Crystallography.

noting or pertaining to a system of crystallization in which the crystals have three unequal axes, with one oblique intersection.

Origin of monoclinic

1865–70; mono- + Greek klī́n(ein) to incline + -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for monoclinic

/ (ˌmɒnəʊˈklɪnɪk) /


crystallog relating to or belonging to the crystal system characterized by three unequal axes, one pair of which are not at right angles to each other

Word Origin for monoclinic

C19: from mono- + Greek klīnein to lean + -ic
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Science definitions for monoclinic

[ mŏn′ə-klĭnĭk ]

Relating to a crystal having three axes of different lengths. Two of the axes are at oblique angles to each other, and the third axis is perpendicular to the plane that is made by the other two. The mineral gypsum has monoclinic crystals. See illustration at crystal.
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