iridescent layer

iridescent layer

[‚i·ri′des·ənt ‚lā·ər]
(physical chemistry)
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Nacreous layer, the internal iridescent layer of Haliotis discus hannai Ino shells, is a natural ceramic composite comprised of calcium carbonate in the aragonite polymorph with organic macromolecules sandwiched in between (Figure 5(c)).