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amitosis direct cell division in which the nucleus divides without the formation of chromosomes. (Cf. mitosis.)
ammonification the formation of ammonia by bacterial action on nitrogenous organic matter, as in soil. [1/2 definitions]
anticline a formation of rock layers characterized by two downward slopes going in opposite directions from a central crest. (Cf. syncline.)
armada any group of armed vehicles, airplanes, or the like, or anything resembling such a group in formation and behavior. [1/2 definitions]
at ease in the military, a standing position in which soldiers may relax but not leave formation or talk. [1/2 definitions]
bonding the formation of close personal relationships, as between family members or friends.
bowl1 a rounded valley or other geographical depression or formation. [1/6 definitions]
Canada Day a Canadian legal holiday on July 1, celebrating the anniversary of the formation of the Dominion in 1867; formerly Dominion Day.
casque in zoology, a formation or protuberance resembling a helmet. [1/2 definitions]
Church Fathers the ecclesiastical authorities of the early Christian church, whose writings had an authoritative influence on the formation of Christian doctrine.
column a formation of moving soldiers. [1/5 definitions]
conceptual of or pertaining to concepts or their formation.
crystallography the science of the formation, composition, and characteristics of crystals.
cytology processes or phenomena involving the formation of cells or structures internal to cells. [1/2 definitions]
decompression sickness a painful and sometimes fatal condition caused by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood, resulting from returning to atmospheric pressure too quickly from deep water or a compression chamber; aeroembolism; bends.
DNA abbreviation of deoxyribonucleic acid; any of several acids occurring mainly in cellular nuclei and involved in the transmission of hereditary traits and the formation of proteins..
dome something that has a shape similar to an architectural dome, such as a rounded rock formation or the sky. [1/7 definitions]
echelon a formation of troops, planes, or ships in a stairstep pattern behind and to the right or left of the leading unit or craft. [1/3 definitions]
embryology the branch of science that concerns the formation and development of embryos. [2 definitions]
formative relating to formation, development, or growth. [1/2 definitions]
gallfly any of various insects that deposit eggs in plant stems or tree bark causing the formation of galls in which the larvae feed.