Definition of Calcify

1. Verb. Become impregnated with calcium salts.

Generic synonyms: Harden, Indurate
Derivative terms: Calcification, Calcification, Calcium
Antonyms: Decalcify

2. Verb. Become inflexible and unchanging. "Old folks can calcify"
Generic synonyms: Change
Derivative terms: Calcification

3. Verb. Turn into lime; become calcified. "The rock calcified over the centuries"
Generic synonyms: Change State, Turn
Derivative terms: Calcification, Calcium

4. Verb. Convert into lime. "The salts calcified the rock"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Calcium

Definition of Calcify

1. v. t. To make stony or calcareous by the deposit or secretion of salts of lime.

2. v. i. To become changed into a stony or calcareous condition, in which lime is a principal ingredient, as in the formation of teeth.

Definition of Calcify

1. Verb. (transitive) to make something hard and stony by impregnating with calcium salts ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) to become hard and stony by impregnation with calcium salts ¹

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Definition of Calcify

1. to harden [v -FIED, -FYING, -FIES] - See also: harden

Medical Definition of Calcify

1. To deposit or lay down calcium salts, as in the formation of bone. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Calcify

calcific pancreatitis
calcification lines of Retzius
calcified cartilage
calcified liver metastases
calcify (current term)
calcifying and keratinizing odontogenic cyst
calcifying epithelial odontogenic tumour
calcifying odontogenic cyst

Literary usage of Calcify

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Evolution of Mammalian Molar Teeth: To and from the Triangular Type by Henry Fairfield Osborn (1907)
"The anterior lingual is the second in age, and also the second to calcify. The third and the fourth cusps calcify almost simultaneously. ..."

2. Journal of the British Dental Association by British Dental Association (1895)
"The anterior lingual is the second in age and also the second to calcify. The third and the fourth cusps calcify almost simultaneously. ..."

3. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1898)
"It is claimed that other enamels, for instance human enamel, calcify in the same way. It has long been known that short processes hang out from the ends of ..."

4. The Harvey Lectures by Harvey Society of New York, New York Academy of Medicine (1911)
"cium salts in vitro.22 It must be borne in mind, however, that all forms of hyaline cartilage are prone to calcify—far more so than any other normal tissue ..."

5. Degeneracy; Its Causes, Signs and Results by Eugene Solomon Talbot (1898)
"The permanent molars begin to calcify at the twenty-fifth week of ... The permanent incisors do not calcify until a year after birth. ..."

6. American Journal of Dental Science by American Society of Dental Surgeons (1871)
"... in the dentine may calcify slowly, so may the terminal ends (of all the ... calcified to form dentine) slowly calcify and encroach upon the pulp, ..."

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