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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dahy-uh-jen-uh-sis]
    • /ˌdaɪ əˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dahy-uh-jen-uh-sis]
    • /ˌdaɪ əˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/

Definitions of diagenesis word

  • noun diagenesis the sum of the physical, chemical, and biological changes that take place in sediments as they become consolidated into rocks, including compaction and cementation, but excluding weathering and metamorphic changes 3
  • noun diagenesis recrystallization of a solid to form large crystal grains from smaller ones 3
  • noun diagenesis the physical, chemical, and biological changes in sediment from the time it is deposited until it is consolidated into sedimentary rock 3
  • noun diagenesis Diagenesis is the physical, chemical, or biological alteration of sediments into sedimentary rock at relatively low temperatures and pressures that can result in changes to the rock's mineralogy and texture. 3
  • noun diagenesis the physical and chemical changes occurring in sediments between the times of deposition and solidification. 1
  • noun diagenesis (geology) All the chemical, physical, and biological changes sediment goes through during and after lithification, not including weathering or other surface changes. 0

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Origin of diagenesis

First appearance:

before 1885
One of the 21% newest English words
From New Latin, dating back to 1885-90; See origin at dia-, -genesis

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diagenesis popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 50% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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