definition of crystalized by The Free Dictionary

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crys·tal·lize

also crys·tal·ize  (krĭs′tə-līz′)

v. crys·tal·lized, crys·tal·liz·ing, crys·tal·liz·es also crys·tal·ized or crys·tal·iz·ing or crys·tal·iz·es

v.tr.

1. To cause to form crystals or assume a crystalline structure.

2. To give a definite, precise, and usually permanent form to: The scientists finally crystallized their ideas about the role of the protein.

3. To coat with crystals, as of sugar.

v.intr.

1. To assume a crystalline form.

2. To take on a definite, precise, and usually permanent form.


crys′tal·liz′a·ble adj.

crys′tal·li·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.

crys′tal·liz′er n.

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Adj. 1. crystalized – (used especially of fruits) preserved by coating with or allowing to absorb sugar

preserved – prevented from decaying or spoiling and prepared for future use

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