the hard, brittle carbide of iron, FeC, that occurs in and adds strength to steel, cast iron, and most other alloys of iron and carbon
Origin of cementitecement + -ite
A hard brittle iron carbide, Fe3C, found in steel with more than 0.85 percent carbon.
Origin of cementiteFrom cement
- (inorganic chemistry) A form of iron carbide, Fe3C, that is a component of steel
cement + -ite