Definition of calcify in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkalsəˌfī/

verb (calcifies, calcifying, calcified)

[with object] (usually as adjective calcified)
Harden by deposition of or conversion into calcium carbonate or some other insoluble calcium compounds: calcified cartilage
More example sentences
  • A laser beam that has a very shallow penetration depth and will perforate calcified plaque is the excimer laser.
  • The well-defined zone of tendon, fibrocartilage, calcified cartilage, and bone had not been re-established.
  • The scales may remain unmineralized, and consist primarily of carbohydrates, or they may be calcified; silica plates are rare.



Pronunciation: /ˌkalˈsifik/
Example sentences
  • Microscopy of the MAC revealed amorphous basophilic calcific debris intimately associated with clusters of grampositive cocci, consistent with Staphylococcus infection.
  • A characteristic histologie pattern called zouation7 has been described in calcifying aponeurotic fibroma, where calcific areas are surrounded by hyalinized collagenous foci, which in turn are palisaded by plump fibroblasts.
  • Histology revealed that the Achilles tendon of all patients showed fibrocartilaginous or calcifying degeneration close to the area of calcific tendinopathy.


Pronunciation: /ˌkalsəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Globular calcification or rim of calcification has been noted 56% of the time.
  • An early phenotypic alteration in these mice is a cardiomyopathy with calcification and altered mitochondrial appearance.
  • The mass had a pink, shiny, and slightly lobulated cut surface with focal, punctate, light yellow calcifications and irregular, white, fibrous streaks.

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Syllabification: cal·ci·fy

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