ossify

[ os-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈɒs əˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), os·si·fied, os·si·fy·ing.

to convert into or cause to harden like bone.

verb (used without object), os·si·fied, os·si·fy·ing.

to become bone or harden like bone.
to become rigid or inflexible in habits, attitudes, opinions, etc.: a young man who began to ossify right after college.

Nearby words

  1. ossiferous,
  2. ossific,
  3. ossification,
  4. ossified,
  5. ossifrage,
  6. ossining,
  7. osso bucco,
  8. ossobuco,
  9. ossuarium,
  10. ossuary

Origin of ossify

1705–15; < Latin ossi- (stem of os) bone + -fy

Related formsos·si·fi·er, nounun·os·si·fy·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ossify

ossify

/ (ˈɒsɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

to convert or be converted into bone
(intr) (of habits, attitudes, etc) to become inflexible
Derived Formsossifier, noun

Word Origin for ossify

C18: from French ossifier, from Latin os bone + facere to make

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Word Origin and History for ossify

ossify

v.

1713, "to turn into bone," a back-formation from ossification, or else modeled on French ossifier (18c.) and formed from Latin os (genitive ossis) "bone" (see osseous) + -fy. Figurative sense is from 1858. Related: Ossified; ossifying.

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Medicine definitions for ossify

ossify

[ ŏsə-fī′ ]

v.

To change into bone.

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