Etymology
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petrifaction (n.)

early 15c., petrifaccioun, "action or process of hardening, a turning to stone," from petrified on model of satisfaction, etc., or from Medieval Latin petrificacionis. From 1680s as "something petrified;" figurative sense is by 1722.

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Definitions of petrifaction

petrifaction (n.)
the process of turning some plant material into stone by infiltration with water carrying mineral particles without changing the original shape;
Synonyms: petrification
petrifaction (n.)
a rock created by petrifaction; an organic object infiltrated with mineral matter and preserved in its original form;
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