Pronunciation: (kal"su-fi-kā'shun), [key]
1. a changing into lime.
2. Physiol.the deposition of lime or insoluble salts of calcium and magnesium, as in a tissue.
3. Anat., Geol.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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