- a solidifying or being solidified
- an act or instance of concretizing
- a solidified mass; specif.,
- Geol. an inclusion in sedimentary rock, usually rounded and harder than the surrounding rock, resulting from the formation of succeeding layers of mineral matter about some nucleus, as a grain of sand
- Med. a solidified mass, usually inorganic, deposited in the body; calculus
Origin of concretionClassical Latin concretio: see concrete
- a. The act or process of concreting into a mass; coalescence.b. The state of having been concreted: a concretion of seminal ideas in her treatise.
- A solid hard mass.
- Geology A rounded mass of mineral matter found in sedimentary rock.
- Medicine A solid mass, usually composed of inorganic material, formed in a cavity or tissue of the body; a calculus.
- Concretion and concretization are rough synonyms but are usually not used interchangeably. Concretion is more commonly used to refer to a physical object or to the physical process which creates it. Concretization is more commonly used to refer to a particular embodiment of a general concept or to the process which creates it.
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