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[dee-kal-suh-fahy] /diˈkæl səˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), decalcified, decalcifying.
to deprive of lime or calcareous matter, as a bone.
verb (used without object), decalcified, decalcifying.
to become decalcified.
Origin of decalcify
1840-50; de- + calcify
Related forms
decalcifier, noun
nondecalcified, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for de-calcify


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
(transitive) to remove calcium or lime from (bones, teeth, etc)
Derived Forms
decalcification (diːˌkælsɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) noun
decalcifier, noun
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de-calcify in Medicine

decalcify de·cal·ci·fy (dē-kāl'sə-fī')
v. de·cal·ci·fied, de·cal·ci·fy·ing, de·cal·ci·fies
To remove calcium or calcium compounds from a substance.

de·cal'ci·fi·ca'tion (-fĭ-kā'shən) n.
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