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1Produced by or denoting recrystallization accompanying large-scale deformation.
2Relating to or formed by a kind of deformation, associated with a parageosyncline, which is chiefly epeirogenic and produces relatively simple, broad folds (such as those in Germany north of the Alps). Compare orthotectonic. Now rare.
3Denoting or relating to an orogenic belt developed from wedges of sedimentary material during the later stages of contraction of an ocean basin under the forces of plate tectonics.
1930s. From para- + tectonic.
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