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consolidation

Pronunciation: kon-sol'i-da'shun

Definition: Solidification into a firm dense mass; applied especially to inflammatory induration of a normally aerated lung due to the presence of cellular exudate in the pulmonary alveoli as commonly seen in pneumonia.

[L. consolido, to make thick, condense, fr. solidus, solid]

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