premature stiffening

false set, early stiffening, hesitation set, plaster set, premature stiffening, rubber set

The rapid development of rigidity in a freshly mixed portland cement paste, mortar, or concrete without the generation of much heat; this rigidity can be dispelled and plasticity regained by further mixing without addition of water.
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Premature stiffening (or loss of elasticity) of the arteries has been shown to be related to both high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.

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