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tetragonal

Syllabification: te·trag·o·nal
Pronunciation: /teˈtraɡənl
 
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Definition of tetragonal in English:

adjective

Of or denoting a crystal system or three-dimensional geometric arrangement having three axes at right angles, two of them equal.
Example sentences
  • Superb, equant tetragonal crystals occur on quartz in the junction pockets.
  • The crystals are typically tetragonal dipyramids with pinacoids.
  • Narsarsukite is another tetragonal mineral that can show a tetragonal prismatic habit, particularly when it develops in open cavities.

Origin

late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek tetragōnon (neuter of tetragōnos 'four-angled') + -al.

Derivatives

tetragonally

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • In addition, Tetragonocrinus has tetragonally positioned accessory canals along the column.
  • The secondary thermal aging process requiring tight manufacturing controls for proper microstructural development has limited the supplier base for the tetragonally toughened zirconias.

Words that rhyme with tetragonal

diagonal, heptagonal, hexagonal, octagonal

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