Meaning of calcification

cal•ci•fi•ca•tion

Pronunciation: (kal"su-fi-kā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. a changing into lime.
  2. the deposition of lime or insoluble salts of calcium and magnesium, as in a tissue.
  3. a calcified formation.
  4. a soil process in which the surface soil is supplied with calcium in such a way that the soil colloids are always close to saturation.
  5. a hardening or solidifying; rigidity: As the conflict developed, there was an increasing calcification of attitudes on both sides.
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