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[dee-kal-suh-fi-key-shuh n]
  1. the act or process of decalcifying.
  2. the loss of calcium or calcium compounds, as from bone or soil.
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Origin of decalcification

First recorded in 1855–60; decalci(fy) + -fication
Related formsnon·de·cal·ci·fi·ca·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for decalcification

Historical Examples

  • B, Single zooid with the adjacent soft tissues as seen after removal of the skeleton by decalcification.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2


  • It consists in the decalcification of mature bone, with the advancing diminution of the compact portion of bone by absorption.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle

    U.S. Department of Agriculture