concretion

[kon-kree-shuh n, kong-]
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noun
  1. the act or process of concreting or becoming substantial; coalescence; solidification.
  2. the state of being concreted.
  3. a solid mass formed by or as if by coalescence or cohesion: a concretion of melted candies.
  4. anything that is made real, tangible, or particular.
  5. Pathology. a solid or calcified mass in the body formed by a disease process.
  6. Geology. a rounded mass of mineral matter occurring in sandstone, clay, etc., often in concentric layers about a nucleus.

Origin of concretion

First recorded in 1535–45, concretion is from the Latin word concrētiōn- (stem of concrētiō). See concrete, -ion
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Related Words for concretion

fusion, consolidation, solidification, coalescence

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British Dictionary definitions for concretion

concretion

noun
  1. the act or process of coming or growing together; coalescence
  2. a solid or solidified mass
  3. something made real, tangible, or specific
  4. any of various rounded or irregular mineral masses formed by chemical precipitation around a nucleus, such as a bone or shell, that is different in composition from the sedimentary rock that surrounds it
  5. pathol another word for calculus
Derived Formsconcretionary, adjective
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Word Origin and History for concretion
n.

by 1670s, from French concrétion, from Latin concretionem (nominative concretio), from concretus (see concrete).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

concretion in Medicine

concretion

[kən-krēshən]
n.
  1. A solid mass, usually composed of inorganic material, formed in a cavity or tissue of the body; a calculus.
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