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ossify

 [os´ĭ-fi]
to change or develop into bone.

os·si·fy

(os'i-fī),
To form bone or convert into bone.
[ossi- + L. facio, to make]

ossify

(ŏs′ə-fī′)
v. ossi·fied, ossi·fying, ossi·fies
v.intr.
1. To change into bone; become bony.
2. To become set in a rigidly conventional pattern: "The central ideas of liberalism have ossified" (Jeffrey Hart).
v.tr.
1. To convert (a membrane or cartilage, for example) into bone.
2. To mold into a rigidly conventional pattern.

os·sif′ic (ŏ-sĭf′ĭk) adj.

ossify

[os′ifī]
Etymology: L, os, bone, facere, to make
to develop into bone.

ossify

verb To change into bone

os·si·fy

(os'i-fī)
To form bone or convert into bone.
[ossi- + L. facio, to make]

os·si·fy

(os'i-fī)
To form bone or convert into bone.
[ossi- + L. facio, to make]

ossify (os´ifī),

v to transform from soft tissue to hardened bone.

ossify

to change or develop into bone.
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