[ ree-kris-tl-ahyz ]

verb (used without object),re·crys·tal·lized, re·crys·tal·liz·ing.
  1. to become crystallized again.

  2. Metallurgy. (of a metal) to acquire a new granular structure with new crystals because of plastic deformation, as when hot-worked.

verb (used with object),re·crys·tal·lized, re·crys·tal·liz·ing.
  1. to crystallize again.

Origin of recrystallize

First recorded in 1790–1800; re- + crystallize
  • Also especially British, re·crys·tal·lise .

Other words from recrystallize

  • re·crys·tal·li·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use recrystallize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for recrystallize



/ (riːˈkrɪstəˌlaɪz) /

  1. chem to dissolve and subsequently crystallize (a substance) from the solution, as in purifying chemical compounds, or (of a substance) to crystallize in this way

  2. to undergo or cause to undergo the process in which a deformed metal forms a new set of undeformed crystal grains

Derived forms of recrystallize

  • recrystallization or recrystallisation, noun

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