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osteoclast

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noun os·te·o·clast \ˈäs-tē-ə-ˌklast\

Definition of osteoclast

  1. :  any of the large multinucleate cells closely associated with areas of bone resorption

osteoclastic play \ˌäs-tē-ə-ˈklas-tik\ adjective


Origin of osteoclast

International Scientific Vocabulary oste- + Greek klastos broken — more at clast


First Known Use: 1872


Medical Dictionary

osteoclast

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noun os·teo·clast \ˈäs-tē-ə-ˌklast\

Medical Definition of osteoclast

  1. 1:  any of the large multinucleate cells closely associated with areas of bone resorption (as in a fracture that is healing)—compare chondroclast

  2. 2:  an instrument for performing osteoclasis

osteoclastic \ˌäs-tē-ə-ˈklas-tik\play adjective



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