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Ossified  adj.  Changed to bone or something resembling bone; hardened by deposits of mineral matter of any kind; said of tissues.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Ossified" Quotes from Famous Books

... subject to any remarkable influence, increasing or diminishing the activity and size of particular organs, the external form fails to indicate the internal condition, because it can change but slightly, and with slowness, after the skull is fully developed and ossified. Were the skull composed of more pliable materials, cranioscopy would be more accurate in its facts, but while it preserves a uniform exterior, the interior often undergoes remarkable changes. Convolutions that are frequently ...
— Buchanan's Journal of Man, January 1888 - Volume 1, Number 12 • Various

... tide of change and progress, suppressing freedom of thought with relentless vigor, and quarantining herself and her dependencies against new ideas, conservatism grew to be her settled habit and the organs of government became ossified. Policies of commercial restriction which were justifiable or at least rationally explicable in the sixteenth century lasted on, proof against innovation or improvement, until the eighteenth century and later. Consequently from the middle of the seventeenth century ...
— The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803 • Emma Helen Blair

... treasure of the Abbey, it is nothing less than the heart of William the Lion. He had it nicely buried near the high altar, as long ago as the twelfth century, wasn't it? But in 1810 they dug it up, found it had ossified, and now they simply have it lying about in a glass case, practically mixed up with the bones of a lady who left money to the Abbey (she wouldn't, if she'd known what they'd do!) and the singularly long thigh bones of a particularly wicked earl. ...
— The Heather-Moon • C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

Words linked to "Ossified" :   fossilized, inflexible

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