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caseation Line breaks: ca¦se|ation
Pronunciation: /ˌkeɪsɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/

Definition of caseation in English:


[mass noun] Medicine
A condition characteristic of tuberculosis, in which diseased tissue forms a firm, dry mass like cheese in appearance.
Example sentences
  • Both caseation and calcification are highly suggestive of a tubercular etiology, neither being common in malignancy related lymphadenopathy.
  • Granulomas, with or without caseation, may also be found.
  • Necrosis may be seen, however caseation is usually not present.


Mid 19th century: from medieval Latin caseatio(n-), from Latin caseus 'cheese'.

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