clast-, clas-, -clastic, -clast, -clase, -clasia, -clasis, -clasis, -clasmic, -clasm

(Greek: break, break in pieces; broken, broken in pieces, crush; bend)

A situation where there is continuity between normal and abnormal body tissue.
aclassis (s), aclasses (pl) (noun forms)
1. The blending of abnormally developed tissue with normal tissue.
2. A pathological continuity between normal and abnormal tissue.
aclastic (adjective)
1. Relating to or exhibiting aclasis.
2. Not refracting light rays; non-refractive.
anaclastic (adjective)
1. Produced by the refraction (bending of waves) of light, as seen through water; such as, anaclastic curves.
2. Bending back; refracted.
anemoclastic (adjective), more anemoclastic, most anemoclastic
Referring to rocks that have been broken and rounded by wind erosion and wind action: Anemoclatic particles of rocks or single crystals have been created from wind, weathering, and erosion.
angioclast (s), angioclasts (pl) (noun forms)
1. An obsolete term for hemostat, an agent, such as a chemical, that stops bleeding.
2. A clamplike instrument used to compress a blood vessel in order to reduce or to stop the flow of blood during surgery.
anticlastic (adjective)
Saddle-shaped, or having curvature in two opposing directions.
atmoclast (s) (noun), atmoclasts (pl)
A piece of rock broken off from its place by atmospheric weathering: Mary's biology teacher showed his students an atmoclast, a fragment of rock that had been chipped off from a bigger rock which was caused by various changes in the atmosphere.
atmoclastic (adjective) (not comparable)
In petrology, referring to a clastic rock composed of rock fragments broken by atmospheric weathering and recemented in the same pattern as the previous arrangement: In his next lesson, Mr. Big, Mary's biology teacher, showed his students an atmoclastic rock which had been consolidated without having the parts transported in any way.
atmoclastics (pl) (noun)
Residual rocks that are formed in place by disintegration and decomposition with little or no rearranging: Atmoclastics are the fragments of rocks that are broken off in place by atmospheric weathering and which have been recemented without rearrangement.
autoclastics (adjective)
1. Broken in place, said of rocks having a broken or brecciated (rocks with sharp-angled fragments) structure due to crushing, in contrast to those of brecciated materials brought from a distance.
2. Of rock, fragmented in place by folding due to orogenic forces when the rock is not so heavily loaded as to render it plastic.
biblioclasm (s) (noun), biblioclasms (pl)
Destruction of books, especially the Bible: Book burning is just one way of destroying books or committing biblioclasms, often ceremoniously, including one or more copies of a book or other written material during the process.

In modern times, other forms of media; such as, phonograph records, video tapes, and CDs have also been ceremoniously burned, torched, or shredded in biblioclasms. The practice is usually carried out in public, and is generally motivated by moral, religious, or political objections to the materials.

biblioclast (s) (noun), biblioclasts (pl)
A destroyer or mutilator of books: A biblioclast is someone who habitually damages books or tears them apart until they are no longer readable or useful.
bioclast (s), bioclasts (pl) (noun forms)
1. A fossil fragment or multiple fragments.
2. Skeletal fragments of marine or land organisms that are found in sedimentary rocks existing in a marine environment; especially, limestone varieties
bioclastic (adjective)
A reference to deposits; especially, limestones derived from shell fragments or similar organic remains of organisms.

Related break, broken-word units: frag-; rupt-.