Petrification



[pe-truh-fak-shuh n] /ˌpɛ trəˈfæk ʃən/

noun
1.
the act or process of ; the state of being petrified.
2.
something petrified.
/ˌpɛtrɪˈfækʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of forming petrified organic material
2.
the state of being petrified
n.

1610s, from French petrification (16c.), Latinized noun of action from Middle French pétrifier (see petrify). Etymologically better than the more common petrifaction.
n.

early 15c., “action or process of hardening,” from petrify on model of satisfaction, etc.

petrifaction pet·ri·fac·tion (pět’rə-fāk’shən) or pet·ri·fi·ca·tion (-fĭ-kā’shən)
n.
A process of fossilization in which dissolved minerals replace organic matter.
petrifaction (pět’rə-fāk’shən) also petrification
(pět’rə-fāk’shən)
The process by which organic materials are turned into rock. Petrifaction occurs when water that is rich with inorganic minerals, such as calcium carbonate or silica, passes slowly through organic matter, such as wood or bone, replacing its cellular structure with minerals.

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