ossify
verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Latin oss-, os + English -ify Date: 1713 intransitive verb 1. to change into bone 2. to become hardened or conventional and opposed to change transitive verb 1. to change (as cartilage) into bone 2. to make rigidly conventional and opposed to change

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  • Ossify — Os si*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ossified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ossifying}.] [L. os, ossis, bone + fy: cf. F. ossifier. See {Osseous}.] 1. (Physiol.) To form into bone; to change from a soft animal substance into bone, as by the deposition of lime… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ossify — Os si*fy, v. i. (Physiol.) To become bone; to change from a soft tissue to a hard bony tissue. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ossify — 1713, to turn into bone, from L. os (gen. ossis) bone (see OSSEOUS (Cf. osseous)) + FY (Cf. fy). Figurative sense is from 1858. Related: Ossified …   Etymology dictionary

  • ossify — [v] become hard from aging congeal, fossilize, freeze, harden, indurate, petrify, solidify, stiffen, thicken, turn to bone; concept 469 Ant. melt, soften …   New thesaurus

  • ossify — ► VERB (ossifies, ossified) 1) turn into bone or bony tissue. 2) cease developing; become inflexible. DERIVATIVES ossification noun. ORIGIN from Latin os bone …   English terms dictionary

  • ossify — [äs′ə fī΄] vt., vi. ossified, ossifying [< L os (gen. ossis), a bone (< IE base * ost > Sans ásthi, Gr osteon, bone) + FY] 1. to change or develop into bone 2. to settle or fix rigidly in a practice, custom, attitude, etc. ossification n …   English World dictionary

  • ossify — UK [ˈɒsɪfaɪ] / US [ˈɑsɪˌfaɪ] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms ossify : present tense I/you/we/they ossify he/she/it ossifies present participle ossifying past tense ossified past participle ossified 1) formal if a belief, idea,… …   English dictionary

  • ossify — ossifier, n. /os euh fuy /, v., ossified, ossifying. v.t. 1. to convert into or cause to harden like bone. v.i. 2. to become bone or harden like bone. 3. to become rigid or inflexible in habits, attitudes, opinions, etc.: a young man who began to …   Universalium

  • ossify — verb /ˈɒs.ɪ.faɪ,ˈɑ.sə.faɪ/ a) To transform (or cause to transform) from a softer animal substance into bone; particularly the processes of growth in humans and animals. , nor do all bones of the same skeleton ossify during the samе period of time …   Wiktionary

  • Ossify — To make into bone; to convert cartilage or fibrous tissue into bone. The skeleton initially consists mainly of cartilage which is gradually transformed into bone during development. This bone building process is termed ossification. Bone is… …   Medical dictionary

  • ossify — [[t]ɒ̱sɪfaɪ[/t]] ossifies, ossifying, ossified V ERG (disapproval) If an idea, system, or organization ossifies or if something ossifies it, it becomes fixed and difficult to change. [FORMAL] [V n] It reckons that rationing would ossify the farm… …   English dictionary

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