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- noun 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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- noun mineralogy In a
crystal, the smallest repeatingstructure ( parallelepiped) of atomsfrom which the structure of the complete crystal can be inferred.
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- noun 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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