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Usually used in chemistry or physics when discussing substances changing state. SlideWhen cooled below zero, water will crystallize into ice.
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It means that the crystals actually form, becoming visible to the naked eye. SlideAs the temperature dropped, you could see the frost crystallize on the window.
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The action of crystallizing can be slow, and it involves stages. SlideThe solution began to crystallize over several hours.