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ossification

[ os-uh-fi-key-shuhn ]
/ ˌɒs ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən /
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noun
the act or process of ossifying.
the state of being ossified.
something that has ossified; a bony formation.
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Origin of ossification

1690–1700; <Latin ossi-, combining form of os bone + -fication

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British Dictionary definitions for ossification

ossification
/ (ˌɒsɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) /

noun
the formation of or conversion into bone
the process of ossifying or the state of being ossified
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for ossification

ossification
[ ŏs′ə-fĭ-kāshən ]

n.
The natural process of bone formation.
The hardening or calcification of soft tissue into a bonelike material.
A mass or deposit of such material.
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Scientific definitions for ossification

ossification
[ ŏs′ə-fĭ-kāshən ]

The process of bone formation, brought about by the action of specialized bone cells called osteoclasts, which absorb old bone tissue, and osteoblasts, which form from osteoclasts and produce new bone tissue. This remodeling of bone is a constant process that maintains bone strength. See more at osteoblast osteoclast.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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