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Topic: MEDICINE

Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: ossifier, from Latin os 'bone'

ossify

verb
     
os‧si‧fy past tense and past participle ossified, present participle ossifying, third person singular ossifies
1 [intransitive] formal to become unwilling to consider new ideas or change your behaviour
2 [intransitive and transitive] technicalHBM to change into bone or to make something change into bone
ossification noun [uncountable]
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