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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.
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[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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