petrifaction

noun
pet·​ri·​fac·​tion | \ ˌpe-trə-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce petrifaction (audio) \

Definition of petrifaction

1 : the process of petrifying
2 : something petrified
3 : the quality or state of being petrified

First Known Use of petrifaction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for petrifaction

Middle English petrifaccioun, borrowed (with conformation to nouns ending in -faccio(u)n, such as liquefaccion liquefaction) from Medieval Latin petrificātiōn-, petrificātiō, from petrificāre "to turn into stone, petrify" + Latin -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

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“Petrifaction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petrifaction. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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petrifaction

noun
pet·​ri·​fac·​tion | \ ˌpe-trə-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce petrifaction (audio) \

Medical Definition of petrifaction

1 : the process of petrifying calcification or petrifaction of tissue
2 : something petrified
3 : the quality or state of being petrified

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