- Deposits of calcium in the tissues. Calcification in the breast can be seen on a mammogram, but cannot be detected by touch. There are two types of breast calcification, macrocalcification and microcalcification. Macrocalcifications are large deposits and are usually not related to cancer. Microcalcifications are specks of calcium that may be found in an area of rapidly dividing cells. Many microcalcifications clustered together may be a sign of cancer.
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calcification — [ kalsifikasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1848; de calc(aire), d apr. calcifié 1 ♦ Dépôt de sels calcaires au cours du processus normal de formation des os. ⇒ ossification. 2 ♦ Infiltration par des sels de calcium de tissus ou organes qui n en contiennent pas… … Encyclopédie Universelle
Calcification — Cal ci*fi*ca tion (k[a^]l s[i^]*f[i^]*k[=a] sh[u^]n), n. (Physiol.) 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… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
calcification — [kal΄sə fi kā′shən] n. 1. a calcifying; specif., the deposition of calcium salts in body tissues 2. a calcified substance or structure … English World dictionary
Calcification — This article is about calcification of body tissue. For calcification of water pipes, see Hard water Calcification is the process in which calcium salts build up in soft tissue, causing it to harden. Calcifications may be classified on whether… … Wikipedia
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calcification — n. the deposition of calcium salts in tissue. This occurs as part of the normal process of bone formation (see ossification). Compare: dystrophic calcification, metastatic calcification … The new mediacal dictionary
calcification — /kal seuh fi kay sheuhn/, n. 1. a changing into lime. 2. Physiol. the deposition of lime or insoluble salts of calcium and magnesium, as in a tissue. 3. Anat., Geol. a calcified formation. 4. a soil process in which the surface soil is supplied… … Universalium
calcification — calcify ► VERB (calcifies, calcified) ▪ harden by deposition of or conversion into calcium carbonate or other calcium salts. DERIVATIVES calcification noun … English terms dictionary
calcification — noun 1. a process that impregnates something with calcium (or calcium salts) (Freq. 1) • Derivationally related forms: ↑calcify • Hypernyms: ↑chemical process, ↑chemical change, ↑chemical action • Hyponyms … Useful english dictionary
calcification — noun see calcify … New Collegiate Dictionary