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lithification

[lith-uh-fi-key-shuh n]
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noun Geology.
  1. the process or processes by which unconsolidated materials are converted into coherent solid rock, as by compaction or cementation.

Origin of lithification

First recorded in 1870–75; lith- + -i- + -fication
Also called induration.
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British Dictionary definitions for lithification

lithification

noun
  1. the consolidation of a loosely deposited sediment into a hard sedimentary rock
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