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v. de·cal·ci·fied, de·cal·ci·fy·ing, de·cal·ci·fies
To remove calcium or calcium compounds from (bones or teeth, for example).
To lose calcium or calcium compounds.

de·cal′ci·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
de·cal′ci·fi′er n.
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Noun1.decalcification - loss of calcium from bones or teeth
chemical action, chemical change, chemical process - (chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved


[ˈdiːˌkælsɪfɪˈkeɪʃən] Ndescalcificación f


n. descalcificación, pérdida o disminución de sales de calcio en los huesos o dientes.
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Contract notice: pumping, cleaning, unblocking and decalcification of pipelines and collective evacuation networks on m2a habitat~s heritage
As these are completely removable and making it easier for one to brush and floss normally, it thereby massively reduces the potential problems that can be caused due to decalcification.
The steps include decalcification, dehydration, and transparency,[2],[11] which usually take 4-6 weeks.
The quality of the camera allows the parent/guardian to see even the amount of plaque on a tooth--you can see the decalcification.
19,20) Incisional biopsies of osteoblastic tumors (which had no or brief decalcification) stained more diffusely and at a higher rate (56% versus 45%) than resection specimens that had been subjected to decalcification, indicating that SATB2 immunohistochemistry is sensitive to decalcification and ideally would be performed on the biopsy.
According to the ACR classification in 1987, RA can be diagnosed when at least four out of seven criteria are observed (joint stiffness for at least 6 weeks and morning stiffness for at least 1 hour, arthritis in at least three joints such as the knee, elbow, wrist, or ankle, arthritis in at least one hand joint (wrist, metacarpophalangeal, proximal interphalangeal joint, symmetrical arthritis, or rheumatoid nodules), serum rheumatoid factor positivity, erosion in the hand and wrist radiologically, and decalcification (2, 6).
However, some studies showed that these treatment methods might leading to tumor decalcification, thus increasing retinal damage.
Decalcification was performed using aqueous solution of 10% nitric acid for 24-48 hours.
Typically, these structurally complex deposits are located along range-front faults and are silicified; alteration at Cortez is decalcification.
Older adults are physically smaller due to decreased muscle mass, decalcification of bones, and degenerative joint changes.
Bone from each biopsy was kept for decalcification in 10% nitric acid.
The rib biopsy revealed a chronic inflammatory process with mainly plasmacytoid infiltrate and granulation tissue with many artifacts due to decalcification.