-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.

personification (s) (noun), personifications (pl)
1. The regarding of human characteristics, emotions, and intentions to nonhuman entities or objects: Joe heard someone refer to the sun as "he" and the moon as "she".
2. A creature imagined as representing a thing or an idea: Satan is the personification of evil.
perturbation (s) (noun), perturbations (pl)
1. A small change in a physical system, most often in a physical system at equilibrium that is disturbed from the outside.
2. A cause of mental disquiet, disturbance, or agitation.
3. Variation in a designated orbit, as of a planet, that results from the influence of one or more external bodies.

Gravitational attraction between planets can cause perturbations and cause a planet to deviate from its expected orbit.

Perturbations in Neptune's orbit led to the discovery of the object that was causing the perturbation; the planet Pluto.

Perturbations in the orbits of stars have led to the discovery of planetary systems outside of our Solar system.

pervaporation (s) (noun), pervaporations (pl)
The heating of a liquid within a dialyzing bag suspended over a hot plate: "The pervaporation of a liquid results in quick evaporation through the membrane; any colloids in solution remain within the bag while crystalloids (bodies that in solution can pass through a semipermeable membrane) diffuse out and crystallize on the outer surface of the bag (perstillation)."

"Colloids are two-phase systems in which one is uniformly dispersed in another as particles small enough so they cannot be filtered or will not settle out."

pervulgate (verb), pervulgates; pervulgated; pervulgating
To publish something.
petrification (s) (noun), petrifications (pl)
1. A process of fossilization during which dissolved inorganic material replaces the original organic contents: A petrification produces a stony substance that results in what appears to be something as hard as a rock.

Since the petrification of a snail that she found was complete and perfect, Sharon decided to save it and put it into her collection of other fossils.

2. A condition of utmost fear, causing a person to be unable to move: Jane was in a state of petrification and completely devastated after receiving the news of the tragic accident in which her father was killed.
3. The process of fossilization: Petrification is a geological process of preservation that turns organic material into a rock and usually takes millions of years to accomplish.
phacofragmentation (s) (noun), phacofragmentations (pl)
A rupture or tearing and of the lens.
The act or process of uttering with a voice; the production of phones or speech (vocal) sounds.
The use of a phonocatheter for the detection of sounds produced by the circulatory system. An intracardiac phonocatheterization, for example, consists of the passage of a phonocatheter into a chamber of the heart for the detection of sounds as an aid in the diagnosis of cardiac defects.
A procedure in which tissue is destroyed by using a light beam; such as, a laser.
1. Condensation of protein material by the controlled use of an intense beam of light; used especially in the treatment of retinal detachment and the destruction of abnormal retinal vessels, or of intraocular tumor masses.
2. A technique using intense light energy, as from a laser, to produce scar tissue used in treating certain eye disorders, in medical and biological research, etc.
The decomposition of a substance resulting from the action of light.
1. The oxidation of carbohydrates in plants with the release of carbon dioxide during photosynthesis.
2. A process in which an organism takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide in the presence of light, occurring during photosynthesis in conditions in which there is a low concentration of carbon dioxide and intensive levels of light.
photosensitization (s) (noun), photosensitizations (pl)
A condition in which the skin reacts abnormally to light; especially, ultraviolet radiations or sunlight: Photosensitization can be caused by the presence of drugs, hormones, or certain diseases; such as, lupus which is a chronic inflammatory ailment.