cleavage

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun the splitting of rocks or minerals along natural planes of weakness determined by their internal crystal structure

Construction

  • A natural parting or splitting plane found in slate, mica, and some types of wood.

Electronics

  • The characteristic of a crystal splitting along a given plane when subjected to the proper pressure. A mica, for instance, splits in one direction, while others in several.

Medical

  • noun the repeated division of cells in an embryo
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