Definition of Efflorescence

1. Noun. The period of greatest prosperity or productivity.

Exact synonyms: Bloom, Blossom, Flower, Flush, Heyday, Peak, Prime
Generic synonyms: Period, Period Of Time, Time Period
Specialized synonyms: Golden Age
Derivative terms: Blossom, Flush

2. Noun. Any red eruption of the skin.
Exact synonyms: Rash, Roseola, Skin Rash
Generic synonyms: Eruption
Specialized synonyms: Heat Rash, Miliaria, Prickly Heat, Hives, Nettle Rash, Urticaria, Urtication

3. Noun. The time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms.

4. Noun. A powdery deposit on a surface.
Exact synonyms: Bloom
Generic synonyms: Crystallisation, Crystallization, Crystallizing

Definition of Efflorescence

1. n. Flowering, or state of flowering; the blooming of flowers; blowth.

Definition of Efflorescence

1. Noun. (chemistry) The formation of a powdery surface on crystals, as a hydrate is converted to anhydrous form by losing loosely bound water of crystallization to the atmosphere. ¹

2. Noun. (botany) The production of flowers. ¹

3. Noun. (construction) An encrustation of soluble salts, commonly white, deposited on the surface of stone, brick, plaster, or mortar; usually caused by free alkalies leached from mortar or adjacent concrete as moisture moves through it. ¹

4. Noun. (geology) An encrustation of soluble salts, deposited on rock or soil by evaporation; often found in arid or geothermal environments. ¹

5. Noun. (''metaphorical'') Rapid flowering of a culture or civilisation etc. ¹

6. Noun. (pathology) A redness, rash, or eruption on the skin. ¹

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Definition of Efflorescence

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Medical Definition of Efflorescence

1. 1. Flowering, or state of flowering; the blooming of flowers; blowth. 2. A redness of the skin; eruption, as in rash, measles, smallpox, scarlatina, etc. 3. The formation of the whitish powder or crust on the surface of efflorescing bodies, as salts, etc. The powder or crust thus formed. Origin: F. Efflorescence. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Efflorescence

effing and blinding
efflorescence (current term)

Literary usage of Efflorescence

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Keeping It Clean: Removing Exterior Dirt, Paint, Stains and Graffiti from by Anne E. Grimmer (1992)
"Unlike efflorescence, for which it be mistaken, chalking generally cannot be ... efflorescence efflorescence, the result of capillary action pulling soluble ..."

2. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1877)
"THIS efflorescence occurs on small shelves and other projections of rock at the base ... The quantity of the efflorescence is small: only two grammes were ..."

3. The Collected Writings of Hermann August Seger by Hermann August Seger, Hermann Hecht, Eduard Cramer (1902)
"At the last annual convention of the society, the question of preventing the efflorescence mentioned was discussed in a paper by Mr. Mertin. ..."

4. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1903)
"Note on the Occurrence of Alum as an efflorescence on Bricks. ... After they had been dried, a white efflorescence appeared on their surface, ..."

5. A Treatise on the Inspection of Concrete Construction: Containing Practical by Jerome Cochran (1913)
"efflorescence on Concrete Surfaces efflorescence is the term applied to the whitish or yellowish accumulations or stains whicli often appear on concrete ..."

6. Pediatrics: The Hygienic and Medical Treatment of Children by Thomas Morgan Rotch (1901)
"The efflorescence may last only twenty-four hours, or continui' teen days. In certain cases a •/•mii/(/<wo/rr of the efflorescence may we In these cases, ..."

7. Introduction to General Science: With Experiments by Percy Elliott Rowell (1911)
"efflorescence and Deliquescence. c. 1707:56-57. Water of Crystallization ... efflorescence and Deliquescence. Apparatus: Balance, set of weights, ..."

8. Masonry Structures by Frederick Putnam Spalding (1921)
"efflorescence may be prevented by keeping the wall dry. The use of impervious materials, and making the masonry itself impermeable, render the appearance of ..."

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