A transition in which the space-group symmetry of the lower symmetry phase is a subgroup
of that of the higher symmetry phase. Example: The transition of the low-temperature
polymorph of quartz characterized by space-group symmetry
(trigonal), to the high temperature polymorph of quartz with space-group symmetry,
(hexagonal). Synonymous with symmetry-breaking transition
(note: this term, strictly speaking, is no longer in use).
PAC, 1994, 66, 577
(Definitions of terms relating to phase transitions of the solid state (IUPAC Recommendations
on page 591
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