Pet`ri*fac"tion (?), n. [See Petrify.]
The process of petrifying, or changing into stone; conversion of any organic matter (animal or vegetable) into stone, or a substance of stony hardness.
The state or condition of being petrified.
That which is petrified; popularly, a body incrusted with stony matter; an incrustation.
Fig.: Hardness; callousness; obduracy.
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