Meaning of martensite


Pronunciation: (mär'tn-zīt"), [key]
— n. Metall.
  1. a metastable microconstituent of any of various forms of carbon steel, produced by undercooling sufficiently below the normal transformation temperature, esp. a hard, brittle product of the decomposition of austenite, produced in this way.
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