- Bot. resembling latticework; reticulated
- Chem. of or pertaining to a mixture in which the molecules of one substance are completely entrapped in the crystal lattice or cell-like structure of the other
Origin of clathrateClassical Latin clathratus, past participle of clathrare, to furnish with a lattice ; from Classical Latin clathri, lattice ; from Classical Greek (Doric) klaithra, a bar, fence
- Biology Having a latticelike structure or appearance: clathrate scales.
- Chemistry Of or relating to inclusion complexes in which molecules of one substance are completely enclosed within the crystal structure of another.
A clathrate compound, such as methane hydrate.
Origin of clathrateLatin clāthrātus, past participle of clāthrāre, to furnish with a lattice, from clāthrī, clātra, lattice, from Greek klēithra, pl. of klēithron, door bar, from kleiein, to close.
- (chemistry) a clathrate compound