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calcification

[‚kal·sə·fə′kā·shən]
(geochemistry)
Any process of soil formation in which the soil colloids are saturated to a high degree with exchangeable calcium, thus rendering them relatively immobile and nearly neutral in reaction.
(physiology)
The deposit of calcareous matter within the tissues of the body.
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In practice, these are difficult to differentiate on CT, having in common well-marginated solitary or multiple pulmonary nodules/masses that can cavitate and calcify.
Examples include apical tuberculous fibronodular changes, symmetric bilateral ground glass opacities in pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia, cavitary filling defects of aspergillomas, hepatic and pulmonary hydatid cysts, and pleuroparenchymal changes in paragonimiasis, all of which may calcify, rarely in some cases.
We present the intracranial tumors that calcify divided into intra- and extra-axial and intraventricular, in order to make the differential diagnosis more meaningful.
The suspensory ligaments and tendons of the ossicles can degenerate as a result of chronic otitis media, and they can subsequently calcify and ossify.