[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

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. 2019

Related Words for concretion

fusion, consolidation, solidification, coalescence

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British Dictionary definitions for concretion



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 Formsconcretionary, adjective
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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

concretion in Medicine




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