Pyritification denotes a non-symmetric relationship which is seen between some pairs of regular maps. Some regular maps can be "pyritified" to create larger regular maps in the same genus.

To the left is a diagram of a cube, the regular map S0{4,3}.

We can divide each face of the cube into two faces, as shown by the red lines, to the right. Then, if we regard the cube as a wire frame in 3-space, we can shorten the new edges, putting a slight angle in each each black line where the red line joins it. With the right amount of shortening, we can arrange for the resulting shape to be the same as a crystal of iron pyrites. This shape is called a pyritohedron. It has lost some of the S4 rotational symmetry of the cube, its rotational symmetry group is A4.

If we shorten the new edges a bit more, we can arrange for it to become a regular dodecahedron, S{5,3}. Now its rotational symmetry group is A5.

I use the term **pyritification** for such a process of converting a
regular map to a larger regular map by dividing up each of its faces in
the same way, with new vertices created on the existing edges. Some
possible pyritifications are listed below. Many are obvious; those shown
on a yellow background, perhaps less so.

Euler number | diagram | converts | Vertices, Faces, Edges | comments |
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Positive | F' = 2F E' = 3E+F |
Application restricted to 3-hosohedron→cube.
The dual process {3,2}→{3,4} converts the triangular dihedron to the octahedron. | ||

F' = 2F E' = 2E+F |
Application restricted to 4-hosohedron→octahedron and hemi-4-hosohedron→hemioctahedron.
The dual process converts the square dihedron to the cube. | |||

F' = 3F E' = 3E+3F |
Application restricted to tetrahedron→dodecahedron. | |||

{4,3} → {5,3} | V' = V+E F' = 2F E' = 2E+F |
Application restricted to cube→dodecahedron and hemicube→hemidodecahedron.
The dual process converts the octahedron to the icosahedron. | ||

0 | {4,4} → {4,4} | V' = V+E F' = 2F E' = 2E+F |
Can be applied to any {4,4}, doubling the number of squares. | |

{6,3} → {6,3} | V' = V F' = 2F E' = E+F |
Can be applied to any {6,6}, tripling the number of hexagons. | ||

( a similar plan to that shown below, but with a new legless square within each face instead of a 6-legged hexagon ) | F' = 5F E' = 5E |
Can be applied to any {4,4}, quintupling the number of squares. | ||

{6,3} → {6,3} | V' = V+2E+6F F' = 7F E' = 3E+12F |
Can be applied to any {6,3}, increasing the number of hexagons by a factor of seven. | ||

Negative | F' = 2F E' = 7E/4 |
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( a similar plan to that shown below, but with a new legless pentagon within each face instead of a 7-legged heptagon ) | F' = 6F E' = 3E |
S4{10,4}→S4:{5,4} | ||

F' = 8F E' = 4E |

Iron pyrites, also
known as fool's gold, is a mineral (FeS_{2}) which often forms
cubic crystals. It can also form crystals with 12 pentagonal faces, but
only tetrahedral symmetry. The form of these crystals in known as a
pyritohedron.

As the pyritohedron is intermediate between the cube and the dodecahedron in shape, I use the term "pyritification" for the process of converting a cube to a dodecahedron by a process that goes via the pyritohedron.