verb (used with object), os·si·fied, os·si·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), os·si·fied, os·si·fy·ing.
Origin of ossify
Examples from the Web for ossify
The first vertebra to ossify is the second or third cervical, and the ossification gradually extends to those behind.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)|Francis Maitland Balfour
To be overwise is to ossify; and the scruple-monger ends by standing stockstill.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition|Robert Louis Stevenson
Does it liberate or suppress, ossify or render flexible, divide or unify interest?Human Nature and Conduct|John Dewey
There is a general growth to be observed, and the bones are beginning to ossify.Embryology|Gerald R. Leighton
The latter will always take care of themselves—the danger being that they rapidly tend to ossify us.Complete Prose Works|Walt Whitman
British Dictionary definitions for ossify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
Word Origin for ossify
Word Origin and History for ossify
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.