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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of ossify.


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  • I believe strongly in the distasteful effect of "kipple", the crap that tends to accumulate on a Web site as it ossifies.

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  • Once the left, usually, have defined a group as victims, the attitude ossifies into an unbreachable wall protecting its members from all rational thought.

    Sense and Sensibility

  • The parts of the skull, like those of the rest of the animal framework, are developed in succession the base of the skull is formed before its sides and roof; it is converted into cartilage earlier and more completely than the sides and roof: and the cartilaginous base ossifies, and becomes soldered into one piece long before the roof.


  • Judging from both 2000 and 2004, the Democratic candidate will pick up several tenths of a point after everybody stops paying attention and the conventional wisdom ossifies about how big the margin was.

    Archive 2004-12-12

  • He was a bit snappish in his old age, but I think that he was always receptive to new ideas and changes in perception, and that's what makes the difference between a great correspondent or reporter and one who merely ossifies with age.

    Muddy Boots and Red Socks

  • “A variation resulting from incomplete fusion of a lower sternal segment as it ossifies from separate left and right centers.”

    206 BONES

  • Occasionally a sternebra ossifies from more than one point of origin.

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  • The cartilaginous sternum then ossifies, meaning it turns to bone.

    206 BONES

  • The mandibular arch in the developing fish is abruptly angled, as in the embryo of Tetrapoda; the upper prong of it ossifies into the palatine and pterygoid; at the angle is formed the quadrate (jugal, Cuvier), and to the quadrate is articulated the lower jaw, which ossifies round the lower prong or Meckel's cartilage.

    Form and Function A Contribution to the History of Animal Morphology

  • The cranial section of the chorda itself shows no sign of segmentation; but later on the cranial portion of the chorda-sheath ossifies, like the vertebræ, from several centres.

    Form and Function A Contribution to the History of Animal Morphology


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