the absorption of calcium from bone, making the skeleton fragile, e.g. unbuffered formalin can become acidic and decalcify bone

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  • DÉCALCIFICATION — Ce terme imprécis et très souvent «galvaudé» désigne une diminution de la minéralisation osseuse. On ne l’emploie guère dans le langage médical, car il est trop général, alors que tous les efforts tendent à préciser la nature et la cause des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Decalcification — De*cal ci*fi*ca tion, n. The removal of calcareous matter. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decalcification —    Removal by solution of the calcium carbonate constituents from a rock or sediment, leaving a residuum of noncalcareous material [9, 21].    Synonyms: (French.) décalcification; (German.) Lösungsrückstand ( Entkalkung); (Greek.) exasvestoses;… …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • decalcification — noun loss of calcium from bones or teeth • Derivationally related forms: ↑decalcify • Hypernyms: ↑chemical process, ↑chemical change, ↑chemical action * * * (|)dē+ noun Etymology …   Useful english dictionary

  • decalcification — noun Date: 1859 the removal or loss of calcium or calcium compounds (as from bones or soil) • decalcify transitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • decalcification — n. [L. de, away from; calcarius, of lime; ficare, to make] Loss of calcium salts from living tissues; removing calcium salts from tissues with acids …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • decalcification — /dee kal seuh fi kay sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of decalcifying. 2. the loss of calcium or calcium compounds, as from bone or soil. [1855 60; DECALCI(FY) + FICATION] * * * …   Universalium

  • decalcification — noun The loss of calcium either from the soil or from teeth or bones …   Wiktionary

  • decalcification — 1. Removal of lime or calcium salts, chiefly tricalcium phosphate, from bones and teeth, either in vitro or in vivo as a result of a pathologic process. 2. Precipitation of calcium from blood as by oxalate or fluoride, or the …   Medical dictionary

  • decalcification — n. removal of lime, removal of calcium; (Dentistry) loss of calcium from teeth …   English contemporary dictionary

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