petrifaction definition

  • noun:
    • an ongoing process of fossilization where mixed nutrients exchange natural matter.
    • The state of being stunned or paralyzed with worry.
    • the health of being petrified
    • The process of petrifying, or altering into stone; transformation of any organic matter (animal or veggie) into rock, or a substance of stony stiffness.
    • their state or condition to be petrified.
    • That which is petrified; popularly, a body incrusted with stony matter; an incrustation.
    • Fig.: Hardness; callousness; obduracy.
    • Conversion into stone, especially of natural substances or areas of these types of: fossilization; replacement of organic matter by some mineral material, which process more or less of the kind and construction of this arranged body is preserved.
    • a natural compound became rock; a fossil.
    • Figuratively, a rigid or stunned problem caused by fear, astonishment, etc.
    • the process of switching some plant material into rock by infiltration with liquid holding mineral particles without altering the first form
    • a rock developed by petrifaction; a natural object infiltrated with mineral matter and maintained in its original form

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