osteoclast


os·te·o·clast

noun \ˈäs-tē-ə-ˌklast\

Definition of OSTEOCLAST

:  any of the large multinucleate cells closely associated with areas of bone resorption
os·te·o·clas·tic \ˌäs-tē-ə-ˈklas-tik\ adjective

Origin of OSTEOCLAST

International Scientific Vocabulary oste- + Greek klastos broken — more at clast
First Known Use: 1872

os·teo·clast

noun \ˈäs-tē-ə-ˌklast\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of OSTEOCLAST

1
: any of the large multinucleate cells closely associated with areas of bone resorption (as in a fracture that is healing)—compare chondroclast
2
: an instrument for performing osteoclasis
os·teo·clas·tic \ˌäs-tē-ə-ˈklas-tik\ adjective

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