diagenesis

noun
dia·​gen·​e·​sis | \ˌdī-ə-ˈje-nə-səs \

Definition of diagenesis 

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from diagenesis

diagenetic \ ˌdī-​ə-​jə-​ˈne-​tik \ adjective
diagenetically \ -​ˈne-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of diagenesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Mosasaurs, limpets, or diagenesis: How Placenticeras shells got punctured. Brian Switek, WIRED, "Mosasaur Bites and Limpet Scrapes," 11 Apr. 2012

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'diagenesis.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of diagenesis

circa 1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diagenesis

New Latin

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about diagenesis

Share diagenesis

Dictionary Entries near diagenesis

diaene

diaeresis

diag

diagenesis

diageotropic

diageotropism

Diaghilev

Statistics for diagenesis

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for diagenesis

The first known use of diagenesis was circa 1886

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on diagenesis

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about diagenesis

Comments on diagenesis

What made you want to look up diagenesis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

obstinately defiant of authority

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!