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bisphosphonate

noun bis·phos·pho·nate \ˌbis-ˈfäs-fə-ˌnāt\

Definition of BISPHOSPHONATE

:  any of a group of drugs that slow the breakdown of bone by osteoclasts

Origin of BISPHOSPHONATE

bis + phosphonic acid (an acid obtained from phosphine) + 1-ate
First Known Use: 1982
Medical Dictionary

bisphosphonate

noun bis·phos·pho·nate \(ˌ)bī-ˈfäs-fə-ˌnāt\

Medical Definition of BISPHOSPHONATE

:  any of a group of carbon-substituted analogs (as alendronate or etidronate) of pyrophosphate that are potent inhibitors of osteoclast-mediated bone resorption

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