calcification

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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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8] In their series of 9 cases, thick fibrotic cyst walls, dystrophic calcification, metaplastic ossification and dissection of mucin into and beyond the cyst wall were common findings in these tumours.
The histologic findings were consistent with both metastatic and dystrophic calcifications, and overall they were typical of calciphylaxis.
Plain radiograph revealed flecks of dystrophic calcifications in the expected area of the left kidney in the retroperitoneal space.
Dystrophic calcifications occur in other infectious settings, but are less integral to the diagnosis.
The late stages of gout may show dystrophic calcifications in the affected areas.
The dystrophic calcifications are chronic sequelae of trauma, surgery, ischemia and radiation therapy.
Occasionally, dystrophic calcifications and metaplastic ossifications are seen.

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