defect cluster

defect cluster

[′dē‚fekt ‚kləs·tər]
(crystallography)
A macroscopic cluster of crystal defects which can arise from attraction among defects.
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The top layer incorporates a novel defect cluster oxide base that features thermodynamically stable interfaces.
By late 1993, CNN and others were seizing upon the alleged Mississippi birth defect cluster to say that GWS could be inherited.
Farmworkers exposed to pesticides have been the subject of investigations into birth defect clusters; and miscarriage and birth defect clusters have been reported among laboratory and hospital workers who use toxic chemicals and gases.