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ossifyverb

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.

ossify verb (BODY)

[I] specialized medical If body tissue ossifies, it becomes hard and changes into bone.
ossified
adjective uk   us   /-faɪd/
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