[ dee-kal-suh-fahy ]
/ diˈkæl səˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), de·cal·ci·fied, de·cal·ci·fy·ing.

to deprive of lime or calcareous matter, as a bone.

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

to become decalcified.

Origin of decalcify

First recorded in 1840–50; de- + calcify

Related forms

de·cal·ci·fi·er, nounnon·de·cal·ci·fied, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for decalcify


/ (diːˈkælsɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to remove calcium or lime from (bones, teeth, etc)

Derived Forms

decalcification (diːˌkælsɪfɪˈkeɪʃən), noundecalcifier, noun
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Medicine definitions for decalcify


[ dē-kălsə-fī′ ]


To remove calcium or calcium compounds from a substance.

Related forms

de•cal′ci•fi•cation (-fĭ-kāshən) n.
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