- To ossify is to become bony or to turn into bone or bony tissue, or to stop developing and become stagnant.
- When tissue starts to become bony, this is an example of a time when the tissue begins to ossify.
- When a business becomes stagnant and stops growing, this is an example of a time when the business begins to ossify.
- to change or develop into bone
- to settle or fix rigidly in a practice, custom, attitude, etc.
Origin: from Classical Latin os (gen. ossis), a bone (from Indo-European base an unverified form ost- from source Sanskrit ásthi, Glassical Greek osteon, bone) plush -fy
- ossification noun
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verb os·si·fied, os·si·fy·ing, os·si·fies verb, intransitive
- To change into bone; become bony.
- To become set in a rigidly conventional pattern: “The central ideas of liberalism have ossified” (Jeffrey Hart).
- To convert (a membrane or cartilage, for example) into bone.
- To mold into a rigidly conventional pattern.
Origin: Latin os, oss-, bone; see ost- in Indo-European roots + -fy.
- os·sifˈic adjective
ossify - Medical Definition