verb (used without object), de·cal·ci·fied, de·cal·ci·fy·ing.
  1. to become decalcified.

Origin of decalcify

First recorded in 1840–50; de- + calcify
Related formsde·cal·ci·fi·er, nounnon·de·cal·ci·fied, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for decalcify


verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) to remove calcium or lime from (bones, teeth, etc)
Derived Formsdecalcification (diːˌkælsɪfɪˈkeɪʃən), noundecalcifier, noun
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decalcify in Medicine


  1. To remove calcium or calcium compounds from a substance.
Related formsde•cal′ci•fi•cation (-fĭ-kāshən) n.
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