From Latin os, ossis (“bone”) + -ification. Recorded earlier than ossify.
ossification (countable and uncountable, plural ossifications)
- The normal process by which bone is formed.
- The calcification of tissue into a bonelike mass; the mass so formed.
- The process of becoming set in one's ways or beliefs; rigid conventionality.
process by which bone is formed
calcification of tissue
process of becoming set mentally
- ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “ossification”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
ossification f (plural ossifications)
- “ossification”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.