[kon-kree-shuh n, kong-]
- the act or process of concreting or becoming substantial; coalescence; solidification.
- the state of being concreted.
- a solid mass formed by or as if by coalescence or cohesion: a concretion of melted candies.
- anything that is made real, tangible, or particular.
- Pathology. a solid or calcified mass in the body formed by a disease process.
- Geology. a rounded mass of mineral matter occurring in sandstone, clay, etc., often in concentric layers about a nucleus.
Origin of concretion
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Examples from the Web for concretion
Philanthropy (and indeed every other virtue) is a thing of concretion.Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Vol. I (of 2)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
It is little more than a concretion of compact basaltic rock, with slight traces of art.Zui Fetiches
Frank Hamilton Cushing
Instead of smooth facets and sharp angles, the concretion may be studded with irregularly-shaped masses.
Crab's′-eyes, the scarlet seeds of an East Indian bead-tree: a concretion of carbonate of lime in the stomach of the cray-fish.
Thirdly, the concretion in the body of various juices, turbid vapours, and dense humours is the last provocative of sickness.The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura
- the act or process of coming or growing together; coalescence
- a solid or solidified mass
- something made real, tangible, or specific
- 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
- pathol another word for calculus
Word Origin and History for concretion
by 1670s, from French concrétion, from Latin concretionem (nominative concretio), from concretus (see concrete).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A solid mass, usually composed of inorganic material, formed in a cavity or tissue of the body; a calculus.
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