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This chapter discusses the development of the nomenclature used to describe the constitution and structure of metals and alloys, particularly the phases observed in the microstructure of steel. It also points out some of the problems with current nomenclature and provides recommendations on how to avoid them.

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Noel F. Kennon, Nomenclature of Phases and Constituents, Light Microscopy of Carbon Steels, By Leonard E. Samuels, ASM International, 1999, p 5–27,

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