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Synonyms for ossify

become bony

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make rigid and set into a conventional pattern

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cause to become hard and bony

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The Dutch Republic was an early modern and modern marvel, developing markets and products far beyond the relatively small limits of its national borders, but as other states emulated its commercial and technological methods its aspirations for empire began to ossify.
If there is a risk, it is that IVF might instead ossify the definition of family, stressing insularity above openness, the appearance of a "natural" pregnancy over adoption, genetic legacy over less rigidly defined familial bonds.
Caudal skeleton elements begin to ossify at this stage, beginning at the base of each.