Martensite meaning

märtn-zīt
A solid solution of iron and up to one percent of carbon, the chief constituent of hardened carbon tool steels.
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A very hard, brittle, solid solution of iron and carbon or the carbide of iron, Fe3C: the main component of quenched steel.
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(metallurgy) A solid solution of carbon in iron; the chief constituent of steel.
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(physics, chemistry) Any crystal structure formed by a martensitic transition.
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Origin of martensite

  • After Adolf Martens (1850–1914), German metallurgist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition