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Ossify

Oct 24, 2016 16:06 IST

    Type: Verb

    Meaning: Make rigid and set into a conventional pattern

    Pronunciation: os-uh-fahy

    Usage/Example: 1. Amy Karle hopes that, over time, stem cells will grow over this scaffolding and ossify into bone. (Source: Popular Science)

    2. They tend to ossify around their traditional leaders, bringing deadlock to the legislative process. (Source: Newsweek)

    3. Frogs and some lizards can ossify their skeletons thanks to the calcium-rich contents of a special sac next to the skull. (Source: National Geographic)

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