pneumatolysis

[ noo-muh-tol-uh-sis, nyoo- ]

nounGeology.
  1. the process by which rocks are altered or minerals and ores are formed by the action of vapors given off by magma.

Origin of pneumatolysis

1
First recorded in 1895–1900; pneumato- + -lysis

Other words from pneumatolysis

  • pneu·mat·o·lyt·ic, pneu·mat·o·lit·ic [noo-mat-l-it-ik, nyoo-, noo-muh-tl-, nyoo-], /nʊˌmæt lˈɪt ɪk, nyʊ-, ˌnu mə tl-, ˌnyu-/, adjective

Words Nearby pneumatolysis

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British Dictionary definitions for pneumatolysis

pneumatolysis

/ (ˌnjuːməˈtɒlɪsɪs) /


noun
  1. a type of metamorphism in which hot gases from solidifying magma react with surrounding rock

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