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os·si·fy

 (ŏs′ə-fī′)
v. os·si·fied, os·si·fy·ing, os·si·fies
v.intr.
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).
v.tr.
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.