decalcify

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. decahydrate,
  2. decahydronaphthalene,
  3. decal,
  4. decalage,
  5. decalcification,
  6. decalcomania,
  7. decalescence,
  8. decalin,
  9. decaliter,
  10. decalitre

Origin of decalcify

First recorded in 1840–50; de- + calcify

Related formsde·cal·ci·fi·er, nounnon·de·cal·ci·fied, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for decalcify

decalcify

/ (diːˈkælsɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to remove calcium or lime from (bones, teeth, etc)
Derived Formsdecalcification (diːˌkælsɪfɪˈkeɪʃən), noundecalcifier, noun

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Medicine definitions for decalcify

decalcify

[ dē-kălsə-fī′ ]

v.

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


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