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English definition of “ossify”

ossify

verb uk   /ˈɒs.ɪ.faɪ/ us    /ˈɑː.sə-/

ossify verb (IDEAS)

[I or T] formal disapproving If habits or ideas ossify, or if something ossifies them, they become fixed and unable to change: Years of easy success had ossified the company's thinking and it never faced up to the challenge of the new technology.Not able to be changedKeeping and staying the same

ossify verb (BODY)

[I] specialized medical If body tissue ossifies, it becomes hard and changes into bone.Problems with bones, joints and teethDentistryThe teeth
ossified
adjective uk   /-faɪd/ us  
Hard and firm
(Definition of ossify from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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