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crystal

Pronunciation: kris'tal

Definition: A solid of regular shape and, for a given compound, characteristic angles, formed when an element or compound solidifies slowly enough, as a result either of freezing from the liquid form or of precipitating out of solution, to allow the individual molecules to take up regular positions with respect to one another.

[G. krystallos, clear ice, crystal]

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