One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective indurated
Harden.‘a bed of indurated clay’
solidify, set, become hard, become solid, congeal, clot, coagulate, stiffen, thicken, cake, freeze, bake, crystallizetoughen, desensitize, inure, make insensitive, make tough, make unfeeling, case-harden, harden someone's heartView synonyms
- ‘If deep tissue damage is also present, the area may be indurated or boggy when palpated.’
- ‘Sandstone is indurated sand, composed of silicilastic grains bound together by chemically precipitated cement or a recrystallized matrix of fine sediment.’
- ‘The rocks have been intensely deformed and sheared and the calcareous conglomeratic sandstones are well indurated.’
- ‘Moxa can be used on areas with poor muscle and skin tone (may be found within the same muscle that has indurated triggers) and to vitalize deficient channels.’
- ‘Most exhibit little surface change and are indurated on palpation.’
- ‘Crab fossils were found within the lowest portion of the exposed Bahariya Formation in a blue-gray indurated shale.’
Mid 16th century (earlier Middle English) as induration: from Latin indurat- ‘made hard’, from the verb indurare (based on durus ‘hard’).
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