thick·​en·​ing | \ˈthik-niŋ, ˈthi-kə-\

Definition of thickening 

1 : a thickened part or place

2 : the act of making or becoming thick

3 : something used to thicken

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Soften Up Don’t overlook the rest of your hands: Rough patches on the palms can be remedied using a callus softener like Deborah Lippmann’s Get Off, which uses lactic acid to break down hyperkeratosis (thickening of the skin). Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "The He-Manicure: A Guide to CEO-Worthy Nails," 2 May 2018 Studies of Arctic hunter-gatherers found that a steady diet of stored or dried meat led to similar thickening of the jaw. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "30,000-year-old jawbone records tough diet in Pleistocene Southeast Asia," 6 June 2018 This tropical plant quickly became popular in the Deep South both as a side dish and as a thickening for gumbo and stews. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Your Complete Guide To Growing Okra," 21 Feb. 2018 With engine temperatures being pushed up for better emissions control, the antioxidants are needed to prevent oxidation (and, therefore, thickening) of oil. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How To Pick The Right Motor Oil For Your Car," 18 Jan. 2018 The company last month reported an encouraging Phase 2 trial update on Korlym’s successor, relacorilant, a drug that could treat Cushing’s without the side effects for some women of endometrial thickening and possible vaginal bleeding. Sarah Jane Tribble, Washington Post, "How A Drugmaker Turned The Abortion Pill Into A Rare-Disease Profit Machine," 10 Apr. 2018 Heat the wine mixture over medium low heat, until thickening and bubbling. Fox News, "Chef Mark Bailey's Last-Minute Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner!," 14 Feb. 2018 Most of these gums and other ingredients are common thickening and stabilizing agents and preservatives. Ali Rosen, Bon Appetit, "Why Is There Dicalcium Phosphate In My Breakfast Sandwich?," 1 Mar. 2018 Women thought to be at high risk of those cancers are sometimes screened with a blood test that detects an immune system biomarker called CA-125, or with a transvaginal ultrasound that looks for telltale thickening of the uterus’s endometrial wall. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "Modified Pap smears provide early detection for two deadly gynecologic cancers," 24 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of thickening

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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