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decalcify

[ dee-kal-suh-fahy ]
/ di藞k忙l s蓹藢fa瑟 /
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verb (used with object), de路cal路ci路fied, de路cal路ci路fy路ing.
to deprive of lime or calcareous matter, as a bone.
verb (used without object), de路cal路ci路fied, de路cal路ci路fy路ing.
to become decalcified.
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Origin of decalcify

First recorded in 1840鈥50; de- + calcify

OTHER WORDS FROM decalcify

de路cal路ci路fi路er, nounnon路de路cal路ci路fied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for decalcify

decalcify
/ (di藧藞k忙ls瑟藢fa瑟) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
(tr) to remove calcium or lime from (bones, teeth, etc)

Derived forms of decalcify

decalcification (di藧藢k忙ls瑟f瑟藞ke瑟蕛蓹n), noundecalcifier, noun
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Medical definitions for decalcify

decalcify
[ d膿-k膬ls蓹-f墨鈥 ]

v.
To remove calcium or calcium compounds from a substance.

Other words from decalcify

de鈥al鈥瞔i鈥i鈥ation (-f沫-k膩sh蓹n) n.
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