diagenesis

noun

dia·​gen·​e·​sis ˌdī-ə-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce diagenesis (audio)
1
: recombination or rearrangement of constituents (as of a chemical or mineral) resulting in a new product
2
: the conversion (as by compaction or chemical reaction) of sediment into rock
diagenetic adjective
diagenetically adverb

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Mosasaurs, limpets, or diagenesis: How Placenticeras shells got punctured. Brian Switek, WIRED, 11 Apr. 2012

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

circa 1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of diagenesis was circa 1886

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“Diagenesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diagenesis. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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