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Meaning of diastrophism

di•as•tro•phism

Pronunciation: (dī-as'tru-fiz"um), [key]
— n. Geol.
  1. Also calledthe action of the forces that cause the earth's crust to be deformed, producing continents, mountains, changes of level, etc.
  2. any such resulting deformation.
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