calcify

[ kal-suh-fahy ]
/ ˈkæl səˌfaɪ /

verb (used with or without object), cal·ci·fied, cal·ci·fy·ing.

Physiology. to make or become calcareous or bony; harden by the deposit of calcium salts.
Geology. to harden by deposition of calcium carbonate.
to make or become rigid or intransigent, as in a political position.

Origin of calcify

First recorded in 1830–40; calci- + -fy

OTHER WORDS FROM calcify

non·cal·ci·fied, adjectiveun·cal·ci·fied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for calcify

calcify
/ (ˈkælsɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

to convert or be converted into lime
to harden or become hardened by impregnation with calcium salts
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Medicine definitions for calcify

calcify
[ kălsə-fī′ ]

v.

To make or become stony or chalky by deposition of calcium salts.
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