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.
to make or become rigid or intransigent, as in a political position.
Origin of calcify
Related formsnon·cal·ci·fied, adjectiveun·cal·ci·fied, adjective
First recorded in 1830–40; calci-
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Historical Examples of calcify
The permanent incisors do not calcify until a year after birth.
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.
At the fifth year the second permanent molars, and at the eighth year the third molars or wisdom teeth, begin to calcify.
The permanent molars begin to calcify at the twenty-fifth week of fœtal life.
British Dictionary definitions for calcify
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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Word Origin and History for calcify
1785 (implied in calcified), from French calcifier, from stem of Latin calcem "lime" (see chalk (n.)) + -fy. Related: Calcifying; calcification.
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To make or become stony or chalky by deposition of calcium salts.
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