One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Denoting a crystal structure in which there is an atom at each vertex and at the center of each face of the unit cell.Compare with body-centered
- ‘Most metals have either a body-centered cubic, face-centered cubic, or a hexagonal-close-packed structure.’
- ‘These so-called face-centered cubic close-packed structures are common in metals such as aluminum, rhodium, iridium, copper, silver, and gold.’
- ‘The formal term for this orange-pile arrangement is a face-centered cubic lattice.’
- ‘Between 417°C and its melting point of 1493°C, cobalt has a face-centered cubic structure.’
- ‘Pure nickel is ductile and tough because it possesses a face-centered cube crystal structure up to its melting point.’
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