Concretion vs Crystallization - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between concretion and crystallization

is that concretion is concretion while crystallization is (uncountable) the act or process by which a substance in solidifying assumes the form and structure of a crystal, or becomes crystallized.

concretion

Noun

(en noun)
  • The process of aggregating]] or [[coalesce, coalescing into a mass.
  • A solid, hard mass formed by a process of aggregation or coalescence.
  • (petrology) A rounded mass of a mineral, sometimes found in sedimentary rock or on the ocean floor.
  • * 1844 , , Geological Observations on South America , ch. 5,
  • Of the three beds, the central one is the most compact, and more like ordinary sandstone: it includes numerous flattened spherical concretions .
  • The action of making something concrete or the result of such an action.
  • * 1860 , , The Marble Faun , ch. 14,
  • "My new statue!" said Kenyon. . . . "It is the concretion of a good deal of thought, emotion, and toil of brain and hand."

    Usage notes

    * Concretion and concretization' are rough synonyms but are usually not used interchangeably. '''Concretion''' is more commonly used to refer to a physical object or to the physical process which creates it. ' Concretization is more commonly used to refer to a particular embodiment of a general concept or to the process which creates it.

    References

    * Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.

    Anagrams

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    crystallization

    Alternative forms

    * (UK) crystallisation

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (uncountable) The act or process by which a substance in solidifying assumes the form and structure of a crystal, or becomes crystallized.
  • (countable) The body formed by crystallizing; as, silver on precipitation forms arborescent crystallizations.
  • (uncountable, physics, chemistry) The formation of a solid from a solution, melt, vapour or from a different solid phase
  • (countable) The process or the result of becoming more definite or precise.
  • Derived terms

    * fractional crystallization * water of crystallization