ossifier

ossify

[os-uh-fahy]
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

ossifier, noun
unossifying, adjective
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ossify (ˈɒsɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to convert or be converted into bone
2.  (intr) (of habits, attitudes, etc) to become inflexible
 
[C18: from French ossifier, from Latin os bone + facere to make]
 
'ossifier
 
n

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ossify
1713, "to turn into bone," from L. os (gen. ossis) "bone" (see osseous). Fig. sense is from 1858.
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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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