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 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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