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  1. hardened like or into bone.
  2. Slang. drunk.
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Origin of ossified

First recorded in 1790–1800; ossify + -ed2
Related formsun·os·si·fied, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unossified

Historical Examples

  • The vertebral centra are unossified, and the tail is strongly heterocercal.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The symptoms of rachitis become apparent at the pelvis and at the wide open, soft parts of the skull, the unossified fontanelles.

    Valere Aude

    Louis Dechmann

  • We have found nothing in the specimen that could be referred to the ethmosphenoid; it may have been unossified.

  • Dickerman obtained No. 31540, whose skull was unossified and whose ovary was small, in an oak and palm habitat.

  • The distal portion of the rib of the ninth cervical vertebra is unossified.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for unossified


  1. converted into bone
  2. having become set and inflexible
  3. Irish slang intoxicated; drunk
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