petrification

noun

pet·​ri·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌpe-trə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce petrification (audio)

Examples of petrification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The result is both visually and scientifically striking—many of the logs maintain their original external form through petrification while the interior structure is lost. Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Nov. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin petrificātiōn-, petrificātiō — more at petrifaction

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of petrification was circa 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Petrification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petrification. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

petrification

noun
pet·​ri·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌpe-trə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce petrification (audio)

Medical Definition

petrification

noun
pet·​ri·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌpe-trə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce petrification (audio)
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