ossify


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ossify \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.
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   2. (Fig.): To harden; as, to ossify the heart. --Ruskin.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ossify \Os"si*fy\, v. i. (Physiol.)
   To become bone; to change from a soft tissue to a hard bony
   tissue.
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