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ˌkrɪs tlˈɒg rə ficrys·tal·log·ra·phy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crystallographynoun

    the branch of science that studies the formation and structure of crystals


  1. crystallographynoun

    The experimental science of determining the arrangement of atoms in solids.

  2. crystallographynoun

    The study of crystals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crystallographynoun

    the doctrine or science of crystallization, teaching the system of forms among crystals, their structure, and their methods of formation

    Etymology: [Gr. kry`stallos crystal + -graphy: cf. F. cristallographie. See Crystal.]

  2. Crystallographynoun

    a discourse or treatise on crystallization

    Etymology: [Gr. kry`stallos crystal + -graphy: cf. F. cristallographie. See Crystal.]


  1. Crystallography

    Crystallography is the science that examines the arrangement of atoms in solids. The word "crystallography" derives from the Greek words crystallon = cold drop / frozen drop, with its meaning extending to all solids with some degree of transparency, and grapho = write. A more comprehensive definition is: "Crystallography is the science of condensed matter with emphasis on the atomic or molecular structure and its relation to physical and chemical properties." Before the development of X-ray diffraction crystallography, the study of crystals was based on their geometry. This involves measuring the angles of crystal faces relative to theoretical reference axes, and establishing the symmetry of the crystal in question. The former is carried out using a goniometer. The position in 3D space of each crystal face is plotted on a stereographic net, e.g. Wulff net or Lambert net. In fact, the pole to each face is plotted on the net. Each point is labelled with its Miller index. The final plot allows the symmetry of the crystal to be established. Crystallographic methods now depend on the analysis of the diffraction patterns of a sample targeted by a beam of some type. Although X-rays are most commonly used, the beam is not always electromagnetic radiation. For some purposes electrons or neutrons are used. This is facilitated by the wave properties of the particles. Crystallographers often explicitly state the type of illumination used when referring to a method, as with the terms X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction and electron diffraction.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Crystallography

    The branch of science that deals with the geometric description of crystals and their internal arrangement. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 4th ed)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crystallography in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crystallography in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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