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unit cell[′yü·nət ′sel]
A parallelepiped which will fill all space under the action of translations which leave the crystal lattice unchanged. Also known as structure cell.
In flotation, a single cell.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
the smallest volume in a crystal. Translations of a unit cell in three dimensions make it possible to form a whole crystal lattice. A unit cell can be selected in various ways.
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