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ossified

[os-uh-fahyd] /ˈɒs əˌfaɪd/
adjective
1.
hardened like or into bone.
2.
Slang. drunk.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; ossify + -ed2
Related forms
unossified, adjective

ossify

[os-uh-fahy] /ˈɒs əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), ossified, ossifying.
1.
to convert into or cause to harden like bone.
verb (used without object), ossified, ossifying.
2.
to become bone or harden like bone.
3.
to become rigid or inflexible in habits, attitudes, opinions, etc.:
a young man who began to ossify right after college.
Origin
1705-15; < Latin ossi- (stem of os) bone + -fy
Related forms
ossifier, noun
unossifying, adjective
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Examples for ossified
  • ossified societies guard positional goods more, not less, jealously.
  • It was a case of fresh, consistent dogmatism against ossified, utilitarian dogma.
  • These designs have in many cases ossified into constricting frameworks that are difficult for web designers to work with.
  • The cribriform plate is ossified partly from the perpendicular plate and partly from the labyrinths.
  • The lower end of the humerus is ossified as follows.
  • By the twenty-fifth year this cartilaginous plate is ossified, and the occipital and sphenoid form a continuous bone.
  • The same remarks also apply to such processes of bone as are separately ossified, eg, the trochanters of the femur.
British Dictionary definitions for ossified

ossified

/ˈɒsɪˌfaɪd/
adjective
1.
converted into bone
2.
having become set and inflexible
3.
(Irish, slang) intoxicated; drunk

ossify

/ˈɒsɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to convert or be converted into bone
2.
(intransitive) (of habits, attitudes, etc) to become inflexible
Derived Forms
ossifier, noun
Word Origin
C18: from French ossifier, from Latin os bone + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for ossified

ossify

v.

1713, "to turn into bone," a back-formation from ossification, or else modeled on French ossifier (18c.) and formed from Latin os (genitive ossis) "bone" (see osseous) + -fy. Figurative sense is from 1858. Related: Ossified; ossifying.

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ossified in Medicine

ossify os·si·fy (ŏs'ə-fī')
v. os·si·fied, os·si·fy·ing, os·si·fies
To change into bone.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ossified

ossified

adjective

Drunk; stoned (1901+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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