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calcify

[kal-suh-fahy] /ˈkæl səˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), calcified, calcifying.
1.
Physiology. to make or become calcareous or bony; harden by the deposit of calcium salts.
2.
Geology. to harden by deposition of calcium carbonate.
3.
to make or become rigid or intransigent, as in a political position.
Origin of calcify
1830-1840
1830-40; calci- + -fy
Related forms
noncalcified, adjective
uncalcified, adjective
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  • The permanent molars begin to calcify at the twenty-fifth week of fœtal life.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • The permanent incisors do not calcify until a year after birth.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
  • Caseation forms cheesy masses, which may soften into tubercular pus, may calcify, and may become encapsulated by fibroid tissue.

  • My father did not achieve that for himself, as his arteries had started to calcify before he discovered the immortality vitamin.

    The Book of Gud Dan Spain
  • The underlying blood coagulates rapidly, and the periosteum begins to calcify within a few weeks, as shown by the X-ray.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • At the fifth year the second permanent molars, and at the eighth year the third molars or wisdom teeth, begin to calcify.

    Degeneracy Eugene S. Talbot
British Dictionary definitions for calcify

calcify

/ˈkælsɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to convert or be converted into lime
2.
to harden or become hardened by impregnation with calcium salts
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Word Origin and History for calcify
v.

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

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calcify 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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