calcification

noun

cal·​ci·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌkal-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce calcification (audio)
1
: impregnation with calcareous matter: as
a
: deposition of calcium salts within the matrix of cartilage often as the preliminary step in the formation of bone compare ossification sense 1a
b
: abnormal deposition of calcium salts within soft tissue often causing thickening or hardening
2
: a calcified structure or part
also : an abnormal deposit of calcium salts
arterial calcifications

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“Calcification.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/calcification. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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