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bisphosphonate

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

Definition of bisphosphonate

  1. :  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

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

Medical Definition of bisphosphonate

  1. :  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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