v. os·si·fied, os·si·fy·ing, os·si·fies
1. To change into bone; become bony.
2. To become set in a rigidly conventional pattern: "The central ideas of liberalism have ossified" (Jeffrey Hart).
1. To convert (a membrane or cartilage, for example) into bone.
2. To mold into a rigidly conventional pattern.
os·sific (ŏ-sĭfĭk) adj.
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