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 for ossify
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ossify \Os"si*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ossified; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Ossifying.] [L. os, ossis, bone + -fy: cf. F. ossifier.
     See Osseous.]
     1. (Physiol.) To form into bone; to change from a soft animal
        substance into bone, as by the deposition of lime salts.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Fig.): To harden; as, to ossify the heart. --Ruskin.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ossify \Os"si*fy\, v. i. (Physiol.)
     To become bone; to change from a soft tissue to a hard bony
     tissue.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ossify
      v 1: become bony; "The tissue ossified"
      2: make rigid and set into a conventional pattern; "rigidify the
         training schedule"; "ossified teaching methods"; "slogans
         petrify our thinking" [syn: rigidify, ossify, petrify]
      3: cause to become hard and bony; "The disease ossified the
         tissue"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  18 Moby Thesaurus words for "ossify":
     anneal, brutalize, calcify, callous, case harden, cornify, firm,
     fossilize, harden, indurate, inure, lapidify, lithify, petrify,
     steel, temper, toughen, vitrify
  
  

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