corrosion

noun

cor·​ro·​sion kə-ˈrō-zhən How to pronounce corrosion (audio)
1
: the action, process, or effect of corroding
2
: a product of corroding

Examples of corrosion in a Sentence

the corrosion of family values that is often brought on by great wealth
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Word History

Etymology

Middle English corrosioun, borrowed from Late Latin corrōsiōn-, corrōsiō "act of gnawing," from Latin corrōdere "to gnaw, chew up" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at corrode

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of corrosion was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Corrosion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corrosion. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

corrosion

noun
cor·​ro·​sion kə-ˈrō-zhən How to pronounce corrosion (audio)
: the action, process, or effect of corroding

Medical Definition

corrosion

noun
cor·​ro·​sion kə-ˈrō-zhən How to pronounce corrosion (audio)
1
: the action, process, or effect of corroding
arterial corrosion that characterizes arteriosclerosisThe Journal of the American Medical Association
2
: a study specimen of an organ or other structure prepared by injection of hollow parts (as blood vessels) with a plastic and subsequent removal of the surrounding tissue by corrosion

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