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induration

[ in-doo-rey-shuhn, -dyoo- ]

noun

  1. the act of indurating.
  2. the state of being indurated.
  3. Geology.
    1. hardening of rock by heat or pressure.
  4. Pathology.
    1. a hardening of an area of the body as a reaction to inflammation, hyperemia, or neoplastic infiltration.
    2. an area or part of the body that has undergone such a reaction.


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Other Words From

  • indu·rative adjective
  • non·indu·rative adjective
  • un·indu·rative adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of induration1

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin indūrātiōn- (stem of indūrātiō ) a hardening. See indurate, -ion

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Example Sentences

Induration of the lungs (tuberculosis) was regarded as incurable.

We must not omit that union of the parts of bodies which is the principal cause of induration and desiccation.

It was attempted to relieve this induration by emollient fomentations.

The essential symptoms are œdema and a variable degree of hardness and induration.

Moral independence for the adult means arrest of growth, isolation means induration.

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