[ 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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for paragenesis


paragenesia (ˌpærədʒɪˈniːzɪə)

/ (ˌpærəˈdʒɛnɪsɪs) /


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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