[ kon-kree-shuhn, kong- ]
/ kɒnˈkri ʃən, kɒŋ- /


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.



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Origin of concretion

First recorded in 1535–45, concretion is from the Latin word concrētiōn- (stem of concrētiō). See concrete, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for concretion

/ (kənˈkriːʃən) /


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

Derived forms of concretion

concretionary, adjective
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Medical definitions for concretion

[ kən-krēshən ]


A solid mass, usually composed of inorganic material, formed in a cavity or tissue of the body; a calculus.
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