v.t. remove calcium or lime from.
   ♦ decalcification, n.
   ♦ decalcifier, n.

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  • Decalcify — De*cal ci*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decalcified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Decalcifying}.] To deprive of calcareous matter; thus, to decalcify bones is to remove the stony part, and leave only the gelatin …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decalcify — [dē kal′sə fī΄] vt. decalcified, decalcifying to remove calcium or calcium compounds from (bones, soil, etc.) decalcification n. decalcifier n …   English World dictionary

  • decalcify — transitive verb see decalcification …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • decalcify — decalcifier, n. /dee kal seuh fuy /, v., decalcified, decalcifying. v.t. 1. to deprive of lime or calcareous matter, as a bone. v.i. 2. to become decalcified. [1840 50; DE + CALCIFY] * * * …   Universalium

  • decalcify — verb To deprive of calcareous matter …   Wiktionary

  • decalcify — To remove lime or calcium salts, especially from bones or teeth. * * * de·cal·ci·fy (de kalґsĭ fi) [de + calcify] to remove calcium salts …   Medical dictionary

  • decalcify — de·cal·ci·fy || ‚diː kælsɪfaɪ v. remove calcium, remove lime …   English contemporary dictionary

  • decalcify — de·calcify …   English syllables

  • decalcify — de•cal•ci•fy [[t]diˈkæl səˌfaɪ[/t]] v. fied, fy•ing 1) agr. pat to deprive of lime or calcareous matter, as a bone 2) med pat agr. to become decalcified • Etymology: 1840–50 de•cal ci•fi•ca′tion, n. de•cal′ci•fi er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • decalcify — /diˈkælsəfaɪ/ (say dee kalsuhfuy) verb (t) (decalcified, decalcifying) to deprive (especially a bone) of lime or calcareous matter. –decalcification /diˌkælsəfəˈkeɪʃən/ (say dee.kalsuhfuh kayshuhn), noun …  

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