Ossification



[os-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌɒs ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/

noun
1.
the act or process of .
2.
the state of being .
3.
something that has ; a bony formation.
/ˌɒsɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the formation of or conversion into bone
2.
the process of ossifying or the state of being ossified
n.

1690s, from Latin ossis “of bones,” genitive of os “bone” (see osseous) + -fication.

ossification os·si·fi·ca·tion (ŏs’ə-fĭ-kā’shən)
n.

ossification
(ŏs’ə-fĭ-kā’shən)
The process of bone formation, brought about by the action of specialized bone cells called osteoclasts, which absorb old bone tissue, and osteoblasts, which form from osteoclasts and produce new bone tissue. This remodeling of bone is a constant process that maintains bone strength. See more at osteoblast, osteoclast.

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