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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

to change or develop into bone.
References in periodicals archive ?
serpentina, Rieppel (1993) observed that elements of the maxillary arch ossify between stages 18 and 22.
serpentina, the bone elements of the mandible begin to ossify at the end of stage 21 (SHEIL; GREENBAUM, 2005; RIEPPEL, 1993), but with respect to the other structural units, the two studies seem to point to a significant variation in the sequence of ossification of these elements.
serpentina (SHEIL; GREENBAUM, 2005), branchial horns I and II of the hyoid apparatus ossify following the sequence: branchial horn I in stage 20 and branchial horn II in stage 22.
The suspensory ligaments and tendons of the ossicles can degenerate as a result of chronic otitis media, and they can subsequently calcify and ossify.