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ossified

[os-uh-fahyd] /ˈɒs əˌfaɪd/
adjective
1.
hardened like or into bone.
2.
Slang. drunk.
Origin of ossified
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; ossify + -ed2
Related forms
unossified, adjective
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  • The vertebral centra are unossified, and the tail is strongly heterocercal.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • The symptoms of rachitis become apparent at the pelvis and at the wide open, soft parts of the skull, the unossified fontanelles.

    Valere Aude Louis Dechmann
  • We have found nothing in the specimen that could be referred to the ethmosphenoid; it may have been unossified.

  • Dickerman obtained No. 31540, whose skull was unossified and whose ovary was small, in an oak and palm habitat.

  • The distal portion of the rib of the ninth cervical vertebra is unossified.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • unossified remains of the precoracoids are found at either end of the clavicle.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • When the occipital condyle is double, it is formed by the exoccipitals, and the basi-occipital is small or unossified.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • It is separated by two tracts of unossified cartilage from the large series of bones connected with the auditory organ.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • Below the meta-pterygoid is a tract of unossified cartilage, and then comes the quadrate (fig. 11, 18).

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • The facial part of the skull is very short, and the alisphenoidal and orbitosphenoidal regions are unossified.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for unossified

ossified

/ˈɒsɪˌfaɪd/
adjective
1.
converted into bone
2.
having become set and inflexible
3.
(Irish, slang) intoxicated; drunk
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Slang definitions & phrases for unossified

ossified

adjective

Drunk; stoned (1901+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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