crystal defect

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crystal defect

[′krist·əl ′dē‚fekt]
(crystallography)
Any departure from crystal symmetry caused by free surfaces, disorder, impurities, vacancies and interstitials, dislocations, lattice vibrations, and grain boundaries. Also known as lattice defect.
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Transmission or processing of the stimulus may be in the form of an absorption translation or rotation of segments within the structure, of a creation and motion of crystallographic defects or other localized conformations, of an alteration of localized stress and strain fields, and of others.