Region of a material that is uniform in chemical composition and physical state.
- A phase in a multiphase material can form domains differing in size.
- The term 'domain' may be qualified by the adjective microscopic or nanoscopic or the prefix @[email protected] or @[email protected] according to the size of the linear dimensions of the domain.
- The prefixes @[email protected], and @[email protected] are frequently incorrectly used to qualify the term 'phase' instead of the term 'domain'; hence, 'microphase domain', and 'nanophase domain' are often used. The correct terminology that should be used is phase microdomain and phase nanodomain.