verb \ˈä-sə-ˌfī\

: to become or to cause something to become unable to change

: to become or to cause something to become hard like bone


Full Definition of OSSIFY

intransitive verb
:  to change into bone
:  to become hardened or conventional and opposed to change
transitive verb
:  to change (as cartilage) into bone
:  to make rigidly conventional and opposed to change

Examples of OSSIFY

  1. The cartilage will ossify, becoming bone.
  2. a disease that ossifies the joints

Origin of OSSIFY

Latin oss-, os + English -ify
First Known Use: 1713

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verb \ˈäs-ə-ˌfī\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of OSSIFY

intransitive verb
: to form or be transformed into bone <cartilage ossified postnatally>
transitive verb
: to change (as cartilage) into bone <osteoblasts ossify the tissue>


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