ossification

noun
os·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ˌä-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of ossification 

1a : the natural process of bone formation

b : the hardening (as of muscular tissue) into a bony substance

2 : a mass or particle of ossified tissue

3 : a tendency toward or state of being molded into a rigid, conventional, sterile, or unimaginative condition

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Intriguingly, as Laura Geggel of Live Science notes, the patterns of ossification observed in the Las Hoyas fossil are different from those seen in among other baby enantiornithines. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "127-Million-Year-Old Baby Bird Fossil Offers Peek Into Ancient Avian Development," 6 Mar. 2018 Trauma to muscle, such as a fall or injury, may trigger rapid ossification of the area. Fox News, "Boy with rare 'Stone Man' disorder won't let it stop baseball dreams," 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of ossification

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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ossification

noun
os·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ˌäs-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Medical Definition of ossification 

1a : the process of bone formation usually beginning at particular centers in each prospective bone and involving the activities of special osteoblasts that segregate and deposit inorganic bone substance about themselves — compare calcification sense a

b : an instance of this process

2a : the condition of being altered into a hard bony substance ossification of soft tissue

b : a mass or particle of ossified tissue : a calcareous deposit in the tissues ossifications in the aortic wall

Other Words from ossification

ossificatory \ˈäs-​ə-​fə-​kə-​ˌtōr-​ē, -​ˌtȯr-​; esp British ˌäs-​ə-​fə-​ˈkāt-​(ə-​)rē \ adjective

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