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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.
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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