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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
1830-1840
1830-40; calci- + -fy
Related forms
noncalcified, adjective
uncalcified, adjective
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Examples from the web for calcify
  • As the osteogenetic fibers grow out to the periphery they continue to calcify, and give rise to fresh bone spicules.
  • These changes make it more difficult for some marine organisms to build shells, calcify, and maintain various metabolic processes.
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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