Definitions for: Concretion


[n] the union of diverse things into one body or form or group; the growing together of parts
[n] an increase in the density of something
[n] a hard lump produced by the concretion of mineral salts; found in hollow organs or ducts of the body; "renal calculi can be very painful"
[n] the formation of stonelike objects within a body organ (e.g., the kidneys)



Webster (1913) Definition: Con*cre"tion, n. [L. concretio.]
1. The process of concreting; the process of uniting or of
becoming united, as particles of matter into a mass;
solidification.



2. A mass or nodule of solid matter formed by growing
together, by congelation, condensation, coagulation,
induration, etc.; a clot; a lump; a calculus.

Accidental ossifications or deposits of phosphates
of lime in certain organs . . . are called osseous
concretions. --Dunglison.

3. (Geol.) A rounded mass or nodule produced by an
aggregation of the material around a center; as, the
calcareous concretions common in beds of clay.

Synonyms: calculus, coalescence, coalescency, coalition, compaction, compression, conglutination, densification

See Also: action, activity, bilestone, bladder stone, concentration, conjugation, cystolith, enterolith, gallstone, jointure, kidney stone, natural action, natural process, nephrolith, ptyalith, renal calculus, rock, salivary calculus, sialolith, stone, unification, union, uniting, urinary calculus, urolith

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