Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[dee-kal-suh-fahy] /diˈkæl səˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), decalcified, decalcifying.
to deprive of lime or calcareous matter, as a bone.
verb (used without object), decalcified, decalcifying.
to become decalcified.
Origin of decalcify
First recorded in 1840-50; de- + calcify
Related forms
decalcifier, noun
nondecalcified, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for decalcify


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
(transitive) to remove calcium or lime from (bones, teeth, etc)
Derived Forms
decalcification (diːˌkælsɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) noun
decalcifier, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
decalcify in Medicine

decalcify de·cal·ci·fy (dē-kāl'sə-fī')
v. de·cal·ci·fied, de·cal·ci·fy·ing, de·cal·ci·fies
To remove calcium or calcium compounds from a substance.

de·cal'ci·fi·ca'tion (-fĭ-kā'shən) n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for decalcify

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for decalcify

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for decalcify