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ossify

[′äs·ə‚fī]
(physiology)
To form or turn into bone.
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serpentina, according to Sheil and Greenbaum (2005), ossification of the exoccipital slightly precedes that of the basisphenoid, and the supraoccipital ossifies before the prooptic, which in turn precedes ossification of the basioccipital.
The posterior portion ossifies into the articular, while the posterior portion of the upper jaw ossifies into the quadrate.
As he has pointed out to little avail, he is an admirer of Franklin Roosevelt as well Lyndon Johnson and knows, as his biography of Duplessis shows, what happens when tradition ossifies into tyranny.