ossification

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

Definition of ossification

  1. 1a :  the natural process of bone formationb :  the hardening (as of muscular tissue) into a bony substance

  2. 2 :  a mass or particle of ossified tissue

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

First Known Use of ossification

1671


Medical Dictionary

ossification

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

Medical Definition of ossification

  1. 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 ab:  an instance of this process

  2. 2a:  the condition of being altered into a hard bony substance ossification of soft tissueb:  a mass or particle of ossified tissue :  a calcareous deposit in the tissues ossifications in the aortic wall

ossificatory

\ˈäs-ə-fə-kə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-; especially British ˌäs-ə-fə-ˈkāt-(ə-)rē\play play adjective

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