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ossify

[ os-uh-fahy ]
/ 藞蓲s 蓹藢fa瑟 /
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verb (used with object), os路si路fied, os路si路fy路ing.
to convert into or cause to harden like bone.
verb (used without object), os路si路fied, os路si路fy路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.
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Origin of ossify

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

OTHER WORDS FROM ossify

os路si路fi路er, nounun路os路si路fy路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ossify

ossify
/ (藞蓲s瑟藢fa瑟) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
to convert or be converted into bone
(intr) (of habits, attitudes, etc) to become inflexible

Derived forms of ossify

ossifier, noun

Word Origin for ossify

C18: from French ossifier, from Latin os bone + facere to make
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Medical definitions for ossify

ossify
[ 艔s蓹-f墨鈥 ]

v.
To change into bone.
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