verb (ossifies, ossifying, ossified)[no object]
- 1Turn into bone or bony tissue: these tracheal cartilages may ossifyMore example sentences
- The flat bones ossify directly from such fibrous tissue rather than from intermediary cartilage.
- Fossilized embryos are rarely discovered, because their bones only begin to ossify late in development.
- In later years some of these joints completely ossify (are converted to solid bone material).
- 2 (often as adjective ossified) Cease developing; stagnate: ossified political institutionsMore example sentences
- By the 1980s, political life was suffocating and the political system had ossified.
- The baron ought to be repellent, but he quickly gathers the audience on his side, as an unlikely agent for freedom in a repressive, ossified society.
- Too much debate on the Left is about defending ossified thought patterns and structures which have actually outlived their usefulness.
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- I don't think any artist likes the idea of ossification, of becoming just a tradition.
- In fact, it shows the kind of ossification that comes from osteoporosis and would be the result of degeneration from lack of physical activity and being in a coma.
- But if talent, of any sort, is not nurtured within the organization, any organization, we will see ossification and decay.
early 18th century: from French ossifier, from Latin os, oss- 'bone'.