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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.

[Latin os, oss-, bone; see ost- in Indo-European roots + -fy.]

os·sif′ic (ŏ-sĭf′ĭk) adj.
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1. (Anatomy) converted into bone
2. having become set and inflexible
3. slang Irish intoxicated; drunk
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Adj.1.ossified - set in a rigidly conventional pattern of behavior, habits, or beliefs; "obsolete fossilized ways"; "an ossified bureaucratic system"
inflexible - incapable of change; "a man of inflexible purpose"
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References in classic literature ?
"He was certainly serious--a twinge of ossified conscience or something; and so I considered with grave deliberation for a moment.
Many of them get ossified with the dry diet; self-control is so continually their thought, so perpetually their object, that at last it absorbs the softer and more agreeable qualities of their nature; and they die mere models of austerity, fashioned out of a little parchment and much bone.
He drew his hands down his face, and it emerged, bony, unchanged of expression, as if all the tissues had been ossified. All the passion was in those big brown hands.
CONCLUSION: Abnormally long styloid process either due to ossified stylohyoid ligament or ossified stylohyoid complex is associated with various clinical conditions.
Such offers, like the institutions that extend them, are a thicket of needless bureaucracy ossified into ritual and require the university's chancellor to submit the nomination for the board of trustees' approval, a process largely viewed as ceremonial.
Five hundred years later and York and Leicester are both claiming the ossified remains of a hunchbacked tyrant.
What does the future hold for this ossified conflict?
And they showed, for example, mice normally have 13 pairs of ribs and the exposed mice sometimes had less or their cartilage was ossified, meaning it was kind of fused.
IN 1918, new dad Thomas Button abandons his baby, disgusted that he looks like an old man, with ossified bones and wrinkled skin.
Yet the myth that he was in charge, which began during his lifetime, ossified into schoolbook history.
"Any further progress toward understanding the most fundamental constituents of the universe will require physicists to abandon the now ossified ideology" of string theory, writes Woit.