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Noun: martensite  'maa(r)-tun,zIt
  1. A solid solution of carbon in alpha-iron that is formed when steel is cooled so rapidly that the change from austenite to pearlite is suppressed; responsible for the hardness of quenched steel

Derived forms: martensites

Type of: primary solid solution, solid solution

Part of: quenched steel

Encyclopedia: Martensite