crystalline

[ kris-tl-in, -ahyn, -een ]
/ ˈkrɪs tl ɪn, -ˌaɪn, -ˌin /

adjective

of or like crystal; clear; transparent.
formed by crystallization.
composed of crystals.
pertaining to crystals or their formation.

Nearby words

  1. crystall-,
  2. crystall.,
  3. crystalli-,
  4. crystalliferous,
  5. crystallin,
  6. crystalline lens,
  7. crystallisation,
  8. crystallite,
  9. crystallization,
  10. crystallize

Origin of crystalline

1350–1400; Middle English cristal(l)yn(e) < Latin crystallinus < Greek krystállinos. See crystal, -ine1

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British Dictionary definitions for noncrystalline

crystalline

/ (ˈkrɪstəˌlaɪn) /

adjective

having the characteristics or structure of crystals
consisting of or containing crystals
made of or like crystal; transparent; clear
Derived Formscrystallinity (ˌkrɪstəˈlɪnɪtɪ), noun

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Word Origin and History for noncrystalline

crystalline

adj.

late 14c., from Old French cristalin "like crystal" (Modern French crystallin), from Latin crystallinus, from Greek krystallinos "of crystal," from krystallos (see crystal).

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Medicine definitions for noncrystalline

crystalline

[ krĭstə-lĭn, -līn′, -lēn′ ]

adj.

Being, relating to, or composed of crystal or crystals.
Resembling crystal, as in transparency or distinctness of structure or outline.

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