Definition of polytype in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpälēˌtīp/ /ˈpɑliˌtaɪp/


  • Any of a number of forms of a crystalline substance which differ only in one of the dimensions of the unit cell.

    ‘There are four polytypes known.’
    • ‘Microcrystals of the following polytypes were identified: 4H, 6H, 15R, and 18R.’
    • ‘Several polytypes of wurtzite were reported at the Negley and Alikanna sites.’
    • ‘The high-temperature polytype dickite is also present in the immediate vicinity of the thrust planes.’