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granulation

The process of forming tiny particles is granulation. It's granulation that results in fine specks of sugar that are perfect for sprinkling on your buttered toast with cinnamon.

Breaking things down into small grains — or building larger grains from a powder — is what granulation is all about. It's a form of processing, whether it's salt or sugar, medicines in a pharmacy, or chemicals in a lab. There's also the granulation of sand on a beach, which happens over years as large stones are slowly broken down into smaller particles, or grains of sand.

Definitions of granulation
  1. noun
    the act of forming something into granules or grains
    “the granulation of medicines”
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    type of:
    formation, shaping
    the act of fabricating something in a particular shape
  2. noun
    new connective tissue and tiny blood vessels that form on the surfaces of a wound during the healing process
    synonyms: granulation tissue
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    types:
    proud flesh
    the swollen tissue around a healing wound or ulcer
    type of:
    connective tissue
    tissue of mesodermal origin consisting of e.g. collagen fibroblasts and fatty cells; supports organs and fills spaces between them and forms tendons and ligaments
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