Definitions for: Ossification


[n] hardened conventionality
[n] the developmental process of bone formation
[n] the process of becoming rigidly fixed in a conventional pattern of thught or behavior
[n] the calcification of soft tissue into a bonelike material



Webster (1913) Definition: Os`si*fi*ca"tion, n. [Cf. F. ossification. See
Ossify.]
1. (Physiol.) The formation of bone; the process, in the
growth of an animal, by which inorganic material (mainly
lime salts) is deposited in cartilage or membrane, forming
bony tissue; ostosis.

Note: Besides the natural ossification of growing tissue,
there is the so-called accidental ossification which
sometimes follows certain abnormal conditions, as in
the ossification of an artery.

2. The state of being changed into a bony substance; also, a
mass or point of ossified tissue.

Synonyms: conformity

See Also: biological process, calcification, convention, conventionalism, conventionality, human process, organic process

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