from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The smallest building block of a crystal, consisting of atoms, ions, or molecules, whose geometric arrangement defines a crystal's characteristic symmetry and whose repetition in space produces a crystal lattice.

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  • n. In a crystal, the smallest repeating structure (parallelepiped) of atoms from which the structure of the complete crystal can be inferred.

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  • n. the smallest group of atoms or molecules whose repetition at regular intervals in three dimensions produces the lattices of a crystal


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