-ation, -ization (-iz[e] + -ation); -isation (British spelling variation)

(Greek > Latin: a suffix; action, act, process, state, or condition; or result of doing something)

Although there are over 1,450 word entries ending with -ation or -ization listed in this unit, there are certainly many more which exist in the English language. At any rate, this unit provides a significant number of -ation and -ization examples for you to see.

mastication (s) (noun), mastications (pl)
1. The process of chewing food in preparation for swallowing and digestion.
2. The act or operation of chewing solid food, breaking it into small pieces, and mixing it with saliva; thus preparing it for deglutition (swallowing), and so making it easier to digest in the stomach.
materialization
1. An appearance in bodily form; such as, of a disembodied spirit.
2. The process of coming into being; becoming a reality.
3. The formation of a visible and tangible object or human shape during a seance with a mediumship (a person believed to act as an intermediary between discarnate entities and the living).
4. Something that has been materialized (assumed a bodily form); especially, an apparition (an unusual or unexpected appearance of a spirit or ghost).
matriculation
The process of registering or enrolling in a college or university with the objective of obtaining a degree or degrees.
maturation
mechanical aeration
Aeration of waste water and industrial discharges by physical means; such as, agitation.
mechanical refrigeration
1. A standard process of refrigeration, in which a motor-driven compressor drives the circulation of a refrigerant through a closed loop, so that the refrigerant withdraws heat energy from the load (space to be cooled) as it changes from a liquid to a gaseous state.
2. The removal of heat by utilizing a refrigerant subjected to cycles of refrigerating thermodynamics and employing a mechanical compressor.
mechanization (s), mechanizations (pl) (nouns)
A process in which machines come into use to replace human and animal power: "Unlike automation, which may not depend at all on a human operator, mechanization requires human participation to provide information or instructions."

"Mechanizations started with human-operated machines to replace the handwork of craftspeople; now, computers and other electronic hardware are frequently used to control those mechanized functions."

mediation
mediation, medication, meditation
mediation (mee" dee AY shuhn) (noun)
An attempt to bring about a peaceful settlement or compromise between disputants through the objective intervention of a neutral party: The dispute between the landlord, Mr. Smithson, and the tenant, Mrs. Swanson, was resolved by mediation.
medication (med" i KAY shuhn) (noun)
The administration or process of treating with a prescriptive drug: Sharon is taking a medication in an effort to reduce her high blood pressure.
meditation (med" i TAY shuhn) (noun)
The act or process of spending time in quiet contemplation: Daily meditation helps clear Bill's mind of negative thoughts.

Daily meditation, in some cases, may help certain people avoid the need for medication.

medication
1. Medicinal substance.
2. Treatment with remedies.
3. Impregnation with medicine.
4. The administration of remedies.

Varieties of medications

  • Hypodermic medication: Treatment by injection of medicine into the body through the skin, using a syringe and needle.
  • Intravenous medication: The injection of a sterile solution of a drug or an infusion into a vein.
  • Ionic medication: The introduction of ions of drugs into body tissue through the skin by means of electricity.
  • Sublingual medication: Treatment with an agent, usually in tablet form, placed under the tongue.
  • Substitutive medication: Medical therapy to cause a nonspecific inflammation to counteract a specific one.
mediocritization
1. The action or process of rendering mediocre; reduction to a common level of mediocrity.
2. The action or process of making mediocre; reduction (of both good and bad things) to a common level of mediocrity.
meditation (s) (noun), meditations (pl)
1. Private religious devotion or mental exercise: Meditations involve techniques of concentration and contemplation and are used to reach an increased level of spiritual awareness.
2. The act of thinking about something carefully, calmly, seriously, and for some time, or an instance of such thinking: Joshua and Amelia spent each morning in meditation because they were convinced that daily meditations helped them to clear and to relax their minds.
3. Religious discipline in which the mind is focused on a single point of reference: Meditation may be a means of invoking divine grace, as in the contemplation by Christian mystics of a spiritual theme, question, or problem.

Meditations are thought to be a means of attaining conscious union with the divine; for example, through visualization of a deity or inward repetition of a prayer or mantra (sacred sound).

Some forms of meditation involve putting the body in a special position; such as, the seated, cross-legged lotus position, and using special breathing procedures.

4. Etymology: "discourse on a subject"; from Latin meditationem, meditatio, from meditatus, past participle of meditari, "to think over, to consider".
medullization
1. Replacement of bone tissue by marrow, as in inflammatory bone disease.
2. Enlargement of the medullary spaces in the treatment of various skeletal disorders.
melioration
1. The act or process of improving something or the state of being improved; an improvement.
2. The linguistic process by which a word over a period of time grows more elevated in meaning or more positive in connotation; such as, nice which formerly meant "foolish".
3. A condition that is superior to an earlier condition or situation.
memorialization