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[kal-suh-fahy] /ˈkæl səˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), calcified, calcifying.
Physiology. to make or become calcareous or bony; harden by the deposit of calcium salts.
Geology. to harden by deposition of calcium carbonate.
to make or become rigid or intransigent, as in a political position.
1830-40; calci- + -fy
Related forms
noncalcified, adjective
uncalcified, adjective Unabridged
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  • Tiny bits of food get caught up in that calcified bacterial sludge, where they can remain for millennia without disintegrating.
  • They are highly elastic, but may become calcified in advanced life.
  • Many sea creatures suffer as lowered pH dissolves their calcified shells.
  • The limestone is the fossilized and calcified remains of those creatures.
  • Unfortunately, his style calcified into tricky panoplies of stock modernistic forms, more suited to punchy graphic art.
  • By some miracle she did not snap his calcified spine.
  • And his tremendous gifts as a singer and arranger, and as a synthesizer of world music in a pop context, became calcified.
  • He rejects both the soft-tissue discovery and the interpretation of the calcified bones.
  • Standard x-rays of the abdomen may detect calcified gallstones and gas.
  • The carapace is calcified to varying degrees in different crustaceans.
British Dictionary definitions for calcified


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to convert or be converted into lime
to harden or become hardened by impregnation with calcium salts
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Word Origin and History for calcified



1785 (implied in calcified), from French calcifier, from stem of Latin calcem "lime" (see chalk (n.)) + -fy. Related: Calcifying; calcification.

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calcified in Medicine

calcify cal·ci·fy (kāl'sə-fī')
v. cal·ci·fied, cal·ci·fy·ing, cal·ci·fies
To make or become stony or chalky by deposition of calcium salts.

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