AskDefine | Define calcification

Dictionary Definition



1 a process that impregnates something with calcium (or calcium salts)
2 tissue hardened by deposition of lime salts
3 an inflexible and unchanging state; "the calcification of negotiations"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The process of change into a stony or calcareous substance by the deposition of lime salt; -- normally, as in the formation of bone and of teeth; abnormally, as in calcareous degeneration of tissue.


Extensive Definition

Calcification is the process in which the mineral calcium builds up in soft tissue, causing it to harden. Calcifications may be classified on whether there is mineral balance or not, and the location of the calcification.

Mineral balance

calcification in Italian: Calcificazione
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