calcification

noun
cal·​ci·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌkal-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce calcification (audio) \

Medical Definition of calcification

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 18 Jan. 2021.

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