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[kal-suh-fahy]
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verb (used with or without object), cal·ci·fied, cal·ci·fy·ing.
  1. Physiology. to make or become calcareous or bony; harden by the deposit of calcium salts.
  2. Geology. to harden by deposition of calcium carbonate.
  3. to make or become rigid or intransigent, as in a political position.

Origin of calcify

First recorded in 1830–40; calci- + -fy
Related formsnon·cal·ci·fied, adjectiveun·cal·ci·fied, adjective
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Examples from the Web for calcify

Historical Examples

  • The permanent incisors do not calcify until a year after birth.

    Degeneracy

    Eugene S. Talbot

  • My father did not achieve that for himself, as his arteries had started to calcify before he discovered the immortality vitamin.

  • The underlying blood coagulates rapidly, and the periosteum begins to calcify within a few weeks, as shown by the X-ray.

    Scurvy Past and Present

    Alfred Fabian Hess

  • The permanent molars begin to calcify at the twenty-fifth week of fœtal life.

    Degeneracy

    Eugene S. Talbot

  • At the fifth year the second permanent molars, and at the eighth year the third molars or wisdom teeth, begin to calcify.

    Degeneracy

    Eugene S. Talbot


British Dictionary definitions for calcify

calcify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. to convert or be converted into lime
  2. to harden or become hardened by impregnation with calcium salts
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Word Origin and History for calcify

v.

1785 (implied in calcified), from French calcifier, from stem of Latin calcem "lime" (see chalk (n.)) + -fy. Related: Calcifying; calcification.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

calcify in Medicine

calcify

([object Object])
v.
  1. To make or become stony or chalky by deposition of calcium salts.
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