- The act or process of corroding.
- The condition produced by corroding.
- A substance, such as rust, formed by corroding.
[Middle English corosioun, corrosion of tissue, from Old French corrosion, from Medieval Latin corrsi, corrsin-, the act of gnawing, from Latin corrsus, past participle of corrdere, to gnaw away. See corrode.]
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Main Entry: cor�ro�sion
1 : the action, process, or effect of corroding <arterial corrosion that characterizes arteriosclerosis �Journal of the American Medical Association>
2 : a study specimen of an organ or other structure prepared by injection of hollow parts (as blood vessels) with a plastic and subsequent removal of the surrounding tissue by corrosion
\Cor*ro"sion\ (k?r-r?"zh?n), n. [LL. corrosio: cf. F.
corrosion. See Corrode.] The action or effect of corrosive agents, or the
process of corrosive change; as, the rusting of iron is a variety of
Corrosion is a particular species of dissolution of bodies, either by an acid or a saline menstruum. --John Quincy.
n 1: a state of deterioration in metals caused by oxidation or chemical action 2: erosion by chemical action [syn: corroding, erosion]Princeton University
Corrosion Inhibitors are a formulation, packaging, device or product that effectively slows down or reduces the incidence of corrosion over a given period of time.