Pronunciation: (tek"tō-sil'i-kit, -kāt"), [key]
any silicate in which each tetrahedral group shares all its oxygen atoms with neighboring groups, the ratio of silicon to oxygen being 1 to 2. Also,tectosilicate.Cf. cyclosilicate, inosilicate, nesosilicate, sorosilicate.
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