thick·​en·​ing | \ ˈthik-niŋ How to pronounce thickening (audio) , 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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A year in space caused Scott's carotid artery to thicken, DNA damage, gene expression changes, a thickening of the retina, shifts in gut microbes, reduced cognitive abilities and a structural change at the ends of chromosomes called telomeres. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "What it takes to be an astronaut: the real 'right stuff'," 17 June 2019 This thickening of heart muscle causes a wide variety of heart problems. Anna Groves, Discover Magazine, "Human Gene Editing is Controversial. Shoukhrat Mitalipov Isn't Deterred," 15 Apr. 2019 This may result in some liquid left at the end, and less reduction and thickening of sauce as the food cooks. Katie Workman, The Seattle Times, "Which to buy? A slow cooker or Instant Pot?," 29 Mar. 2019 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 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 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' endometrial wall. Melissa Healy,, "Modified Pap tests can show early warning signs of other gynecological cancers," 22 Mar. 2018 The thickening and tinting formula still does just that; however, Benefit assures us that Gimme Brow+ includes a major ingredient upgrade that meets the latest safety standards set by the brand's parent company LVMH. Samantha Sasso,, "Benefit's Gimme Brow Is Officially Back — & This Is What's Changed," 8 Mar. 2018 Other additives will be needed for thickening and other properties. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Honoring dietary restrictions can be tricky," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of thickening

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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