Ossify meaning

ŏs'ə-fī'
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.

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To change into bone; become bony.
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To become set in a rigidly conventional pattern.
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To convert (a membrane or cartilage, for example) into bone.
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To mold into a rigidly conventional pattern.
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To change or develop into bone.
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To settle or fix rigidly in a practice, custom, attitude, etc.
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To convert something such as a membrane or cartilage into bone.
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(intransitive) To transform (cause to transform) from a softer animal substance into bone; particularly the processes of growth in humans and animals.
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(intransitive, animate) To become (cause to become) inflexible and rigid in habits or opinions.
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(intransitive, inanimate) To grow (cause to grow) formulaic and permanent.
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(rare) To calcify.
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Origin of ossify

  • Latin os oss- bone ost- in Indo-European roots –fy
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin os, ossis (“bone") + -ify
    From Wiktionary