[lat-er-uh-zey-shuh n] /ˌlæt ər əˈzeɪ ʃən/
the weathering process by which rock is changed to laterite.
The weathering process by which soils and rocks are depleted of soluble substances, such as silica-rich and alkaline components and enriched with insoluble substances, such as hydrated aluminum and iron oxides. Laterization is especially common in tropical regions that have a pronounced dry season and a water table that is close to the surface.
latero- pref. Side; lateral: lateroversion.
laterodeviation lat·er·o·de·vi·a·tion (lāt’ə-rō-dē’vē-ā’shən) n. A bending or a displacement to one side.
lateroduction lat·er·o·duc·tion (lāt’ə-rō-dŭk’shən) n. Movement to one side, as of an eye.
lateroflexion lat·er·o·flex·ion (lāt’ə-rō-flěk’shən) n. A bending or curvature to one side.