One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[with object]usually as adjective indurated
Harden.‘a bed of indurated clay’
- ‘The rocks have been intensely deformed and sheared and the calcareous conglomeratic sandstones are well indurated.’
- ‘If deep tissue damage is also present, the area may be indurated or boggy when palpated.’
- ‘Crab fossils were found within the lowest portion of the exposed Bahariya Formation in a blue-gray indurated shale.’
- ‘Most exhibit little surface change and are indurated on palpation.’
- ‘Sandstone is indurated sand, composed of silicilastic grains bound together by chemically precipitated cement or a recrystallized matrix of fine sediment.’
- ‘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.’
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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