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pod·zol·i·za·tion(pŏd′zô-lĭ-zā′shən) also pod·sol·i·za·tion (pŏd′sô-)
1. The process by which soils are depleted of bases and become acidic.
2. The development of a podzol.
(Geological Science) the process by which the upper layer of a soil becomes acidic through the leaching of bases which are deposited in the lower horizons