cornification

noun

cor·​ni·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌkȯr-nə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce cornification (audio)
: conversion into horn or a horny or keratinous substance or tissue

Word History

Etymology

Latin cornū "horn" + -ification — more at horn

First Known Use

circa 1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cornification was circa 1843

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Cite this Entry

“Cornification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cornification. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

cornification

noun
cor·​ni·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌkȯr-nə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce cornification (audio)
1
: conversion into horn or a horny substance or tissue : keratinization
2
: the histological and cytological changes that occur in the vaginal epithelium especially of a rodent in response to stimulation by an estrogen and that have been used as a bioassay for estrogenicity of chemicals (as pesticides) in the environment
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