V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to be made into bone; 2. to become rigid and inflexible
Synonyms: harden, congeal, fossilize, stiffen, solidify, petrify
Antonyms: soften, liquefy
Tips: Ossify is derived from the Latin ossis, which means "bone." Ossify means "to become rigid and inflexible, like bone." When something is described as ossified, it has become hard, thick, or rigid.
In some rare medical conditions, soft tissues may ossify to immobilize the patient. (harden)
He was a creature-of-habit who never deviated from his ossified routine. (rigid) adjective
Upon hearing the bad news, his face ossified and became emotionless. (hardened, stiffened)
I beat the egg whites until they began to ossify, to create a perfect meringue for my key lime pie. (congeal, stiffen)
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