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Verb: ossify  'ó-si,fI
  1. Become bony
    "The tissue ossified"
  2. Make rigid and set into a conventional pattern
    "ossified teaching methods";
    - rigidify, petrify
  3. Cause to become hard and bony
    "The disease ossified the tissue"

Derived forms: ossifies, ossified, ossifying

Type of: alter, change, change state, modify, stiffen, turn

Encyclopedia: Ossify