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1A formation of electrons localized within and stabilizing a region of a distinct phase within a non-metallic material. disused.
2A quantum or quasiparticle associated with variation of the phase of movements of the lattice elements in a quasicrystalline lattice. Frequently attributive Compare "phonon".
1970s; earliest use found in Soviet Physics: Solid State. From phase + -on, originally after Russian fazon.
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