# rotation axis

- an imaginary line through a crystal about which the crystal may be rotated a specified number of degrees and be brought back to its original position.

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Compare symmetry element.

## Origin of rotation axis^{}

First recorded in 1900–05

Also called axis of symmetry, symmetry axis of rotation.

## rotation of axes

[ak-seez]

- a process of replacing the axes in a Cartesian coordinate system with a new set of axes making a specified angle with and having the same origin as the original axes.

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