paragenesis

[ par-uh-jen-uh-sis ]
/ ˌpær əˈdʒɛn ə sɪs /

noun Geology.

the origin of minerals or mineral deposits in contact so as to affect one another's formation.
the order in which the minerals in a rock or vein have crystallized.

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Origin of paragenesis

From New Latin, dating back to 1850–55; see origin at para-1, genesis

OTHER WORDS FROM paragenesis

par·a·ge·net·ic [par-uh-juh-net-ik], /ˌpær ə dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for paragenesis

paragenesis

paragenesia (ˌpærədʒɪˈniːzɪə)

/ (ˌpærəˈdʒɛnɪsɪs) /

noun

a characteristic association of minerals in a particular type of rock or ore deposit

Derived forms of paragenesis

paragenetic (ˌpærədʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjectiveparagenetically, adverb
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