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petrifaction

[pe-truh-fak-shuh n] /ˌpɛ trəˈfæk ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of petrifying; the state of being petrified.
2.
something petrified.
Also, petrification
[pe-truh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌpɛ trə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; petri- + -faction < Latin factiōn- (stem of factiō) a making. See petrify, faction
Related forms
petrifactive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for petrifactive

petrifaction

/ˌpɛtrɪˈfækʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of forming petrified organic material
2.
the state of being petrified
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Word Origin and History for petrifactive

petrifaction

n.

early 15c., "action or process of hardening," from petrify on model of satisfaction, etc.

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petrifactive in Medicine

petrifaction pet·ri·fac·tion (pět'rə-fāk'shən) or pet·ri·fi·ca·tion (-fĭ-kā'shən)
n.
A process of fossilization in which dissolved minerals replace organic matter.

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petrifactive in Science
petrifaction (pět'rə-fāk'shən) also petrification
  (pět'rə-fāk'shən)   
The process by which organic materials are turned into rock. Petrifaction occurs when water that is rich with inorganic minerals, such as calcium carbonate or silica, passes slowly through organic matter, such as wood or bone, replacing its cellular structure with minerals.
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