thickening

noun

thick·​en·​ing ˈthik-niŋ How to pronounce thickening (audio)
ˈthi-kə-
1
: a thickened part or place
2
: the act of making or becoming thick
3
: something used to thicken

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Formerly called onychomycosis, a fungal infection of the nail can also cause a thickening of the nail or discoloration that starts at the tip and spreads up toward the cuticle, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, 22 Nov. 2022 Plus, nine out of ten people note a thickening of their hair when using the full Nioxin treatment system—which features a post-wash foaming treatment that helps refresh the scalp and boost volume. Sam Peters, ELLE, 11 Nov. 2022 The Hair Boost formula comes infused with shea butter and essential oils for a hair thickening and therapy moisturizer. Jacorey Moon, Good Housekeeping, 6 Oct. 2022 They can also be used to examine changes in a person’s breast, such as a new lump, pain in the breast, nipple thickening or discharge and more. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2022 Carrageen farmers are generally after the extract carrageenan that is a thickening and stabilizing agent in a myriad of products besides nasal sprays, from toothpaste to baby formula. Chris Baraniuk, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Sep. 2022 And although a hair-growth shampoo may aid with thickening, a vitamin will help with growth at the source. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 July 2022 High triglycerides contribute to the hardening and thickening of the artery walls, which increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease. Russell Foster, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 The Canadian model claimed that she was not made aware of a rare side effect, called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, that causes swelling and the thickening of fatty tissue. Oscar Holland, CNN, 19 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of thickening was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Thickening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thickening. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

thickening

noun

thick·​en·​ing
1
: the act of making or becoming thick
underwent a gradual thickening
2
: a thickened part or place
3
: something used to thicken
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