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[in-kruh-stey-shuh n]
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  1. an incrusting or being incrusted.
  2. a crust or coat of anything on the surface of a body; covering, coating, or scale.
  3. the inlaying or addition of enriching materials on or to a surface or an object.
  4. the enriching materials inlaid on or added to a surface or an object.
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Origin of incrustation

First recorded in 1600–10, incrustation is from the Latin word incrustātiōn- (stem of incrustātiō). See in-2, crust, -ation
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Word Origin and History for incrustation


also encrustation, 1640s, from Late Latin incrustationem (nominative incrustatio) "a covering with crust," noun of action from past participle stem of incrustare.

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incrustation in Medicine


  1. The formation of a crust or a scab.
  2. A coating of hardened exudate or other material on a body or body part.
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