[ US /ˈɑsəˌfaɪ/ ]
[ UK /ˈɒsɪfˌa‍ɪ/ ]
  1. become bony
    The tissue ossified
  2. make rigid and set into a conventional pattern
    rigidify the training schedule
    ossified teaching methods
    slogans petrify our thinking
  3. cause to become hard and bony
    The disease ossified the tissue
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How To Use ossify In A Sentence

  • This is the static prodigy phenomenon, where early gains ossify into a state of frowning and manfully borne stasis, a condition known in sports science as Huddlestone's Mooch. Enjoying the fleeting thrill of fragile prodigies is a national habit | Barney Ronay
  • The results of an osteoplastic periostitis are frequently met with in the bones of the foot, and are described by veterinary writers under such headings as 'Pedal Exostoses,' 'Ossifying Ostitis,' and 'Pedal Diseases of the Horse's Foot
  • Both Dewey and Eliot are suggesting that without experiment in art and literature, the "supervention of novelty," the great works of the past merely ossify into a "tradition" that no longer inspires artists and writers to, in effect, outdo the "existing monuments," to bring those monuments into active communication with the present. John Dewey's *Art as Experience*
  • Here, we have shown the pilae ossifying dorsally, as an irregular sheet of bone running roughly between the pila antotica and a similar band of cartilage which comes off the top of the otic capsule, the taenia marginalis.
  • It is easy for the mind to ossify.
  • Thanks toleaders like Brewer, the police state ossifying along the border will continue to grow. John Dougherty: Facts, Not Fear
  • Moreover, of all the bones of the hand, the ungual phalanges are the first to ossify. II. Osteology. 6b. 3. The Phalanges of the Hand
  • —The zygomatic bone is generally described as ossifying from three centers—one for the malar and two for the orbital portion; these appear about the eighth week and fuse about the fifth month of fetal life. II. Osteology. 5b. 4. The Zygomatic Bone
  • National insurance was never meant to be indistinguishable from tax; it was meant to be a system of insurance in which all paid in to guard against life's major risks – unemployment, disability and old age – but then allowed to ossify. We deserve a fair society, but it won't be created by a vendetta against the poor
  • It has become a corrupt text, with countless additions, cuts and changes ossifying into tradition over the years.
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