crystallise vs effloresce what difference

what is difference between crystallise and effloresce



crystallise (third-person singular simple present crystallises, present participle crystallising, simple past and past participle crystallised)

  1. Non-Oxford British English standard spelling of crystallize.

Derived terms

  • non-crystallising



From Latin efflōrēscere, present active infinitive of efflōrēscō (to bloom, blossom; to flourish) + -ere (suffix forming infinitives). Efflōrēscō is derived from ef- (variant of ex- (prefix meaning ‘away; out’)) + flōrēscō (to blossom, flower; to begin to flourish or prosper) (from flōreō (to bloom, blossom, flower; to flourish, prosper) (from flōs (blossom, flower) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃- (bloom, flower)) + -scō (suffix forming verbs having the sense of beginning something)).


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌɛfləˈɹɛs/, /-flɒ-/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˌɛfləˈɹɛs/
  • Hyphenation: ef‧flor‧esce


effloresce (third-person singular simple present effloresces, present participle efflorescing, simple past and past participle effloresced)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete except figuratively) To burst into bloom; to flower.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) Of something hidden: to come forth, to emerge; also, to reach full glory or power.
  3. (intransitive, chemistry) Senses relating to chemistry.
    1. Of a substance: to change from being crystalline to powdery by losing water of crystallization.
    2. Of a salt: to seep through some material (bricks, concrete, earth, rock, etc.) in a dissolved state, and then crystallize on a surface in a powdery form.
    3. Of the surface of a material: to become covered with a powdery salt (as described in sense 3.2).

Related terms

  • efflorescence
  • efflorescent



Further reading

  • efflorescence on Wikipedia.Wikipedia




  1. second-person singular present active imperative of efflōrēscō

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