os·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌä-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce ossification (audio) \

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

Examples of ossification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ossification of unemployment could make the last phases of the recovery slower and more painful as people are unable to return to their old jobs quickly and may need to find new ones in different industries. Jason Furman, WSJ, "Biden’s Stimulus Should Stay the Course," 25 Jan. 2021 The pressure eliminates the possibility of a swim bladder; the lack of food precludes the ossification of bones. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Thirty-six Thousand Feet," 10 May 2020 Tehran hopes for American strategic ossification that could prove politically toxic. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Iran’s Options in a Showdown with America Are All Bad," 9 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, our Huffy was in the beginning throes of ossification, its chain and sprockets a rusty mess. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Does a Rust-Proof Bike Really Exist?," 18 July 2019 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ossification. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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os·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌäs-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce ossification (audio) \

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-​; especially British ˌäs-​ə-​fə-​ˈkāt-​(ə-​)rē \ adjective

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