Simple Definition of ossify
: 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
1 : to change into bone
2 : to become hardened or conventional and opposed to change
1 : to change (as cartilage) into bone
2 : to make rigidly conventional and opposed to change
Examples of ossify
The cartilage will ossify, becoming bone.
a disease that ossifies the joints
Origin of ossify
Latin oss-, os + English -ify
First Known Use: 1713
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Medical Definition of ossify
: to form or be transformed into bone <cartilage ossified postnatally>
: to change (as cartilage) into bone <osteoblasts ossify the tissue>
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