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  1. (noun, process) a geological process in which one edge of a crustal plate is forced sideways and downward into the mantle below another plate

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Alternate forms of Subduction

Hypernyms: geologic process, geological process

Origin of the word Subduction

  1. c.1620, "withdrawal, removal," from L. subductionem (nom. subductio), from subductus, pp. of subducere (see subduce). Geological sense is attested from 1970, from Fr. (1951). more

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