Definition of exsolve in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsɒlv/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈsɒlv/


[no object] Geology
1(Of a mineral) separate out from solid solution in a rock: the homogeneous alloys exsolved into metallic phases
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  • Gases that are dissolved in the magma until the time of eruption bubble out (exsolve) as the magma approaches the surface of the Earth.
  • Eventually, the gasses exsolve, forming vesicles, which may coalesce to form a central cavity in the pillow.
  • Alstonite or barytocalcite occurs as very small grains that appear to have exsolved from calcium-manganese carbonate.
1.1 [with object] (usually as adjective exsolved) Form (a mineral) by the process of exsolution: coarsely exsolved ilmenites
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  • Some older analyses show the presence of small amounts of NJ, Co, and Cu, but these are almost invariably found to reflect the presence of tiny exsolved grains of such minerals as chalcopyrite and pentlandite.
  • Ilmenite is now largely preserved as skeletal crystals in which exsolved magnetite lamellae have been altered, and the ilmenite itself partly altered to sphene.
  • Notable occurrences of this include goethite psedomorphing pyrite, with exsolved gold near the surfaces of the replacement.



Pronunciation: /ɪksəˈluːʃ(ə)n/ Pronunciation: /ɛksəˈluːʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Most crystals are modified by exsolution, weathering, or metamorphic recrystallization, or they occur in complex intergrowths.
  • With time and cooling, high-temperature galena cleanses itself of some of the bismuth and silver through the process known as exsolution.
  • The origin of the layers is hypothesized to be due to either growth-related oscillatory zoning or exsolution after growth.


Mid 20th century: (originally as exsolution) from ex-1 + solution.

Words that rhyme with exsolve

absolve, devolve, evolve, involve, revolve, solve

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Line breaks: ex|solve

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