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ossify
also: -fies, -fying, -fied
American English: /ˈɑsəˌfaɪ/
British English: /ˈɒsɪfʌɪ/

Translation of ossify in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1.1 (Physiology)
    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).
    1.2 [formal]
    (institution/society/attitude)
    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.

transitive verb (usually passive)

  • 1.1 (Physiology)
    osificar
    1.2 [formal]
    (attitude)
    anquilosar

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