from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To remove calcium or calcium compounds from (bones or teeth, for example).
- intransitive v. To lose calcium or calcium compounds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To deprive of calcareous matter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To deprive of calcareous matter; thus, to decalcify bones is to remove the stony part, and leave only the gelatin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deprive of lime, as bones or teeth of their calcareous matter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. remove calcium or lime from
- v. lose calcium or calcium compounds
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Slowly attacking the skin and mucous tissue, it can kill nerves, disable muscles, decalcify bones, and disfigure faces.
On the basis of animal studies, Dr. Schurgers believes that a 150-microgram dose of MK-7 is the minimum amount needed to build bone and decalcify arteries.
Twitch responded, then turned on Casey, giving him a look that could decalcify the spines of lesser men.
No enough time has passed to decalcify the education leviathon and gutting too soon will no serve anyone, least of all the students in most need of help.
Now though scientists in various countries have developed differing technologies that produce similar results to deaden sensitivity and decalcify the teeth, problems that have increasing significance as populations age.
Before that happens, perhaps the various narratives and counter-narratives will decalcify and some actual debate will take place.
Apparently it took the hospital 7 days to decalcify a hunk of my skull they removed.
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