concretion

noun
con·​cre·​tion | \ kän-ˈkrē-shən How to pronounce concretion (audio) , kən- \

Definition of concretion

1 : something concreted: such as
a : a hard usually inorganic mass (such as a bezoar or tophus) formed in a living body
b : a mass of mineral matter found generally in rock of a composition different from its own and produced by deposition from aqueous solution in the rock
2 : the act or process of concreting : the state of being concreted concretion of ideas in a hypothesis

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Other Words from concretion

concretionary \ kän-​ˈkrē-​shə-​ˌner-​ē How to pronounce concretionary (audio) , kən-​ \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web But paleontologists can also search for concretions, or rocks that form around cores of ancient bone. National Geographic, "New fossils offer rare glimpse at life after a global apocalypse," 24 Oct. 2019 Rhinoliths are stone-like concretions formed by the gradual buildup of salts around things not normally found in the nose. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Here’s what happens when you leave marijuana up your nose for 18 years," 31 Oct. 2019 Patients suffering from the concretions typically present with a variety of symptoms, including nasal obstruction, headaches, facial pain and discharge from the nose. Matthew Robinson, CNN, "Marijuana found in man's nose 18 years after he smuggled it into prison," 31 Oct. 2019 Preserved in hardened concretions of stone lie the remains of turtles, crocodiles, and most of all, mammals that lived in this place during the first million years after the terrible impact that triggered the extinction of the dinosaurs. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "Fossil Site Reveals How Mammals Thrived After the Death of the Dinosaurs," 25 Oct. 2019 If there’s one concretion with fossils inside, there’s got to be more. New York Times, "Colorado Fossils Show How Mammals Raced to Fill Dinosaurs’ Void," 24 Oct. 2019 These small, mineral hematite-rich concretions are near Fram Crater, visited by NASA's Opportunity rover in April 2004. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Life may have existed on warm, rainy, ancient Mars before winter came," 20 Aug. 2019 These small, mineral hematite-rich concretions are near Fram Crater, visited by NASA's Opportunity rover in April 2004. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Life may have existed on warm, rainy, ancient Mars before winter came," 20 Aug. 2019 These small, mineral hematite-rich concretions are near Fram Crater, visited by NASA's Opportunity rover in April 2004. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Life may have existed on warm, rainy, ancient Mars before winter came," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of concretion

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for concretion

borrowed from Latin concrētiōn-, concrētiō "formation into something solid," from concrē-, stem of concrēscere "to coalesce, condense, solidify, harden" + -tiōn-,-tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at concrescence

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“Concretion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/concretion. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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concretion

noun
con·​cre·​tion | \ kän-ˈkrē-shən, kən- How to pronounce concretion (audio) \

Medical Definition of concretion

: a hard usually inorganic mass (as a tophus) formed especially from mineral salts in a living body

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