unit cell

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unit cell ‎(plural unit cells)

  1. (crystallography) The smallest repeating structure (parallelepiped) of atoms within a crystal, from which the structure of the complete crystal can be inferred.
    • 1998, Georgina Ferry, Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life:
      The first task for a crystallographer is to establish the shape of the unit cell.

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