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Definition of ossify verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    ossify

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈɑsəˌfaɪ//
     
    [usually passive] (formal) (disapproving)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ossify
     
    he / she / it ossifies
     
    past simple ossified
     
    -ing form ossifying
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive, usually passive] ossify (something) to become or make something fixed and unable to change an ossified political system
  2. 2 [intransitive, transitive, usually passive] ossify (something) (technology) to become or make something hard like bone
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NAmE//ˌɑsəfəˈkeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable] (formal)
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