To deposit or lay down calcium salts, as in the formation of bone.

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cal·ci·fy 'kal-sə-.fī vb, -fied; -fy·ing vt to make calcareous by deposit of calcium salts vi to become calcareous

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  • Calcify — Cal ci*fy (k[a^]l s[i^]*f[imac]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Calcified} ( f[imac]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Calcifying}.] [L. calx, calcis, lime + fy.] To make stony or calcareous by the deposit or secretion of salts of lime. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Calcify — Cal ci*fy, v. i. To become changed into a stony or calcareous condition, in which lime is a principal ingredient, as in the formation of teeth. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • calcify — (v.) 1785 (implied in calcified), from Fr. calcifier, from stem of L. calcem lime + FY (Cf. fy). Related: Calcified; calcifying; calcification …   Etymology dictionary

  • calcify — ► VERB (calcifies, calcified) ▪ harden by deposition of or conversion into calcium carbonate or other calcium salts. DERIVATIVES calcification noun …   English terms dictionary

  • calcify — [kal′sə fī΄] vt., vi. calcified, calcifying [ CALCI + FY] to change into a hard, stony substance by the deposit of lime or calcium salts …   English World dictionary

  • calcify — UK [ˈkælsɪfaɪ] / US [ˈkælsɪˌfaɪ] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms calcify : present tense I/you/we/they calcify he/she/it calcifies present participle calcifying past tense calcified past participle calcified chemistry to become hard, or …   English dictionary

  • calcify — verb ( fied; fying) Date: 1854 transitive verb 1. to make calcareous by deposit of calcium salts 2. to make inflexible or unchangeable intransitive verb 1. to become calcareous …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • calcify — /kal seuh fuy /, v.t., v.i., calcified, calcifying. 1. Physiol. to make or become calcareous or bony; harden by the deposit of calcium salts. 2. Geol. to harden by deposition of calcium carbonate. 3. to make or become rigid or intransigent, as in …   Universalium

  • calcify — verb a) to make something hard and stony by impregnating with calcium salts b) to become hard and stony by impregnation with calcium salts See Also: calculus, ossify …   Wiktionary

  • calcify — cal|ci|fy [ˈkælsıfaı] v past tense and past participle calcified present participle calcifying third person singular calcifies [I and T] [Date: 1800 1900; : Latin; Origin: calx; CHALK1] technical to become hard, or make something hard, by adding… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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