ossification ossification  /ˌɑ sə fə ˈkeɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) the developmental process of bone formation
  2. (n) the calcification of soft tissue into a bonelike material
  3. (n) the process of becoming rigidly fixed in a conventional pattern of thought or behavior
  4. (n) hardened conventionality


  1. Empires die of ossification, bureaucracy, sclerosis of the mind and expired assumptions.
  2. The movement succeeded in defending native painting from European acculturation, but the price paid was ossification.
  3. He began by identifying several sets of doubtful remains by correlating tradition with such data as ossification of skullcap seams, length of limb and condition of teeth.


  • Schweinsteiger set for ankle surgery

    Bastian Schweinsteiger's problematic ankle simply won't leave him alone. Bayern Munich have announced that the midfielder will have to undergo surgery after medical tests showed increased ossification in the joint, which was leading to unmanageable tendinitis.
    on November 8, 2013     Source: Philly.com

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