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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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Examples from the web for petrification
  • petrification occurs when parts of the organism are saturated with minerals.
  • To some the word fossilization is synonymous with the word petrification.
  • The petrification is so perfect that the skull plainly shows a fracture as if made by a heavy weapon.
  • The decomposition of the ash which released silica for petrification converted the ash into the claylike rock bentonite.
British Dictionary definitions for petrification

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 petrification
n.

1610s, from French petrification (16c.), Latinized noun of action from Middle French pétrifier (see petrify). Etymologically better than the more common petrifaction.

petrifaction

n.

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

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petrification 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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petrification 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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