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Definition of "monoclinic" []

  • Of or relating to three unequal crystal axes, two of which intersect obliquely and are perpendicular to the third. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "monoclinic" in a sentence
  • "The latter four minerals are polymorphs of quartz, meaning that they have the same chemical composition (silica), but different crystalline forms (tetragonal or monoclinic)."
  • "The stacking of the tetrahedral and octahedral sheets in the chrysotile structure has been shown to yield three types of chrysotile fibers: clino-chrysotile: monoclinic stacking of the layers, x parallel to fiber axis, most abundant formortho-chrysotile: orthorhombic stacking of the layers, x parallel to fiber axispara-chrysotile: two layer structure, 180° rotation of two-layer structures, y parallel to fiber axis"
  • "This insulin hexamer corresponds with the unit cell in the rhombohedral crystals first investigated and is the asymmetric unit in the monoclinic form which appears in the presence of phenol."