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n 1  :  impregnation with calcareous matter: as  a  :  deposition of calcium salts within the matrix of cartilage often as the preliminary step in the formation of bone - compare OSSIFICATION1a    b  :  abnormal deposition of calcium salts within tissue  2  :  a calcified structure or part .
Similar sounding terms:  clas·si·fi·ca·tion 

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