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Meaning of OSSIFY

Pronunciation:  'âsu`fI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  become bony; "The tissue ossified"
  2. [v]  cause to become hard and bony; "The disease ossified the tissue"
  3. [v]  make rigid and set into a conventional pattern; "rigidify the training schedule"; "ossified teaching methods"; "slogans petrify our thinking"

OSSIFY is a 6 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: petrify, rigidify
 See Also: alter, change, change state, stiffen, turn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Os"si*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ossified}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Ossifying}.] [L. os, ossis, bone + -fy: cf. F. ossifier.
    See {Osseous}.]
    1. (Physiol.) To form into bone; to change from a soft animal
       substance into bone, as by the deposition of lime salts.
    2. Fig.: To harden; as, to ossify the heart. --Ruskin.
  2. \Os"si*fy\, v. i. (Physiol.)
    To become bone; to change from a soft tissue to a hard bony
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: anneal, brutalize, calcify, callous, case harden, cornify, firm, fossilize, harden, indurate, inure, lapidify, lithify, petrify, steel, temper, toughen, vitrify