calcify

[ kal-suh-fahy ]
/ ˈkæl səˌfaɪ /

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

Physiology. to make or become calcareous or bony; harden by the deposit of calcium salts.
Geology. to harden by deposition of calcium carbonate.
to make or become rigid or intransigent, as in a political position.

Nearby words

  1. calciferous,
  2. calcific,
  3. calcification,
  4. calcified,
  5. calcifuge,
  6. calcimine,
  7. calcinable,
  8. calcination,
  9. calcinatory,
  10. calcine

Origin of calcify

First recorded in 1830–40; calci- + -fy

Related formsnon·cal·ci·fied, adjectiveun·cal·ci·fied, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for noncalcified

calcify

/ (ˈkælsɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

to convert or be converted into lime
to harden or become hardened by impregnation with calcium salts
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Word Origin and History for noncalcified

calcify

v.

1785 (implied in calcified), from French calcifier, from stem of Latin calcem "lime" (see chalk (n.)) + -fy. Related: Calcifying; calcification.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for noncalcified

calcify

[ kălsə-fī′ ]

v.

To make or become stony or chalky by deposition of calcium salts.

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