calcify

Primary Meanings of calcify

1.
v
become impregnated with calcium salts
2.
v
become inflexible and unchanging
Full Definitions of calcify
1

v become impregnated with calcium salts

Antonyms:
decalcify
remove calcium or lime from
Type of:
harden, indurate
become hard or harder

v turn into lime; become calcified

“The rock calcified over the centuries”
Type of:
change state, turn
undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

v convert into lime

“the salts calcified the rock”
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
2

v become inflexible and unchanging

“Old folks can calcify
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

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