What does ossify mean?

Definitions for ossifyˈɒs əˌfaɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ossify.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ossify(verb)

    become bony

    "The tissue ossified"

  2. rigidify, ossify, petrify(verb)

    make rigid and set into a conventional pattern

    "rigidify the training schedule"; "ossified teaching methods"; "slogans petrify our thinking"

  3. ossify(verb)

    cause to become hard and bony

    "The disease ossified the tissue"


  1. ossify(Verb)

    To transform (or cause to transform) from a softer animal substance into bone; particularly the processes of growth in humans and animals.

  2. ossify(Verb)

    To become (or cause to become) inflexible and rigid in habits or opinions.

  3. ossify(Verb)

    To grow (or cause to grow) formulaic and permanent.

  4. ossify(Verb)

    To calcify.

  5. Origin: From os, ossis + -ify


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ossify in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ossify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Johann von Goethe:

    The phrases that men hear or repeat continually, end by becoming convictions and ossify the organs of intelligence.

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Translations for ossify

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • ossificarCatalan, Valencian
  • سخت کردنPersian
  • luuduttaa, luutua, vakiintua, vakiinnuttaaFinnish
  • 骨化するJapanese
  • osificaRomanian
  • превращать в кость, делать бесчувственным, превращаться в кость, черстветь, грубеть, костенеть, ожесточатьRussian

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