Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Impregnation with calcium or calcium salts, as with calcium carbonate.
  • noun Hardening, as of tissue, by such impregnation.
  • noun A calcified substance or part.
  • noun An inflexible, unchanging state.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A changing into lime; the process of changing or being changed into a stony substance by the deposition of salts of lime, as in the formation of petrifactions.
  • noun In zoology and anatomy, the deposition of salts of lime in any tissue, as in membrane or cartilage in the formation of bone.
  • noun A calcific formation or structure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Physiol.) The process of change into a stony or calcareous substance by the deposition of lime salt; -- normally, as in the formation of bone and of teeth; abnormally, as in calcareous degeneration of tissue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The process of change into a stony or calcareous substance by the deposition of lime salt; -- normally, as in the formation of bone and of teeth; abnormally, as in calcareous degeneration of tissue.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an inflexible and unchanging state
  • noun tissue hardened by deposition of lime salts
  • noun a process that impregnates something with calcium (or calcium salts)

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From calcify +‎ -ation.

Examples

  • When talking about heart disease, you often hear the word calcification.

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  • When talking about heart disease, you often hear the word calcification.

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  • When talking about heart disease, you often hear the word calcification.

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  • Usually they are painless and only cause lameness under certain conditions, as when they begin to develop themselves under the stimulus of inflammatory action, or when large enough to interfere with the functions of the tendons, or again when they have undergone certain pathological changes, such as calcification, which is among their tendencies.

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  • Abnormal deposition of calcium in the body occurs in three places: the intima, the innermost layer or lining of the arteries that causes atherosclerotic plaque; the heart valves; and the medial calcification, which is the muscle layer of the arteries.

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  • Corals, which gain nutrients through a symbiotic process with algae, pull calcium from the ocean to create protective layers, a process known as "calcification."

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  • It appears that one extra hour of sleep per night can decrease the risk of coronary artery calcification, which is an early step down the path to cardiovascular disease, according to research by the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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  • This anti-calcification technology was developed to help mitigate tissue heart valve leaflet calcification, which is one of the primary causes of tissue valve deterioration.

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  • We should do health insurance reform using the free market for a change instead of the failed liberal welfare state. ah, in case you haven’t had a total calcification, that is where we are now.

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  • The slender piece of shrapnel was being isolated and encapsulated by what appeared to be the same kind of calcification process that isolates TB bacilli in the lungs.

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