Nouns denoting natural proesses

epilation
loss of hair; the result of removing hair
 
chain reaction
a series of chemical reactions in which the product of one is a reactant in the next
 
extinction
the reduction of the intensity of radiation as a consequence of absorption and radiation
 
ovulation
the expulsion of an ovum from the ovary (usually midway in the menstrual cycle)
 
libration
(astronomy) a real or apparent slow oscillation of a moon or satellite
 
double decomposition reaction
a chemical reaction between two compounds in which parts of each are interchanged to form two new compounds (AB+CD=AD+CB)
 
powder method
a process for identifying minerals or crystals; a small rod is coated with a powdered form of the substance and subjected to suitably modified X-rays; the pattern of diffracted rings is used for identification
 
apheresis
(linguistics) omission at the beginning of a word as in `coon' for `raccoon' or `till' for `until'
 
concretion
the formation of stonelike objects within a body organ (e.g., the kidneys)
 
Read method of childbirth
a method of natural childbirth that assumes it is a normal process and that the pain is largely psychological; involves education and breathing exercises to foster relaxation and other exercises
 
buildup
the result of the process of accumulation
 
mitosis
cell division in which the nucleus divides into nuclei containing the same number of chromosomes
 
desensitisation
the process of reducing sensitivity
 
quadrupling
increase by a factor of four
 
filtration
the process whereby fluids pass through a filter or a filtering medium
 
inspissation
the process of thickening by dehydration
 
globalisation
growth to a global or worldwide scale
 
saturation
the process of totally saturating something with a substance
 
defense mechanism
(psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
 
habit
the general form or mode of growth (especially of a plant or crystal)
 
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