• synonyms


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.
Show More
verb (used with object), re·crys·tal·lized, re·crys·tal·liz·ing.
  1. to crystallize again.
Show More
Also especially British, re·crys·tal·lise.

Origin of recrystallize

First recorded in 1790–1800; re- + crystallize
Related formsre·crys·tal·li·za·tion, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for recrystallization

Historical Examples of recrystallization

British Dictionary definitions for recrystallization



  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
Show More
Derived Formsrecrystallization or recrystallisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for recrystallization


1782, from re- + crystallization.

Show More



also re-crystallize, 1774, from re- + crystallize. Related: Recrystallized; recrystallizing.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper