lithification

[lith-uh-fi-key-shuh n]

noun Geology.

the process or processes by which unconsolidated materials are converted into coherent solid rock, as by compaction or cementation.

Nearby words

  1. lithesome,
  2. lithia,
  3. lithia water,
  4. lithiasis,
  5. lithic,
  6. lithify,
  7. lithium,
  8. lithium aluminum hydride,
  9. lithium carbonate,
  10. lithium chloride

Origin of lithification

First recorded in 1870–75; lith- + -i- + -fication

Also called induration.

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British Dictionary definitions for lithification

lithification

noun

the consolidation of a loosely deposited sediment into a hard sedimentary rock
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