- 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.
intransitive verbossified, ossifying
- to change or develop into bone
- to settle or fix rigidly in a practice, custom, attitude, etc.
Origin of ossify; from Classical Latin os (gen. ossis), a bone (; from Indo-European base an unverified form ost- from source Sanskrit ásthi, Classical Greek osteon, bone) + -fy
verbos·si·fied, os·si·fy·ing, os·si·fies
- 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 of ossifyLatin os, oss-, bone; see ost- in Indo-European roots + –fy.
(third-person singular simple present ossifies, present participle ossifying, simple past and past participle ossified)
- (intransitive) To transform (cause to transform) from a softer animal substance into bone; particularly the processes of growth in humans and animals.
- (intransitive, animate) To become (cause to become) inflexible and rigid in habits or opinions.
- (intransitive, inanimate) To grow (cause to grow) formulaic and permanent.
- (rare) To calcify.