an·​ti·​re·​sorp·​tive ˌan-tē-(ˌ)rē-ˈsȯrp-tiv How to pronounce antiresorptive (audio)
variants or anti-resorptive
: slowing or blocking the resorption of bone
Since postmenopausal osteoporosis is characterized by bone resorption that exceeds bone formation, antiresorptive agents can help to restore skeletal balance by reducing bone turnover, primarily at the tissue level.Ernesto Canalis et al.

Word History

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antiresorptive was in 1985

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“Antiresorptive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


an·​ti·​re·​sorp·​tive -(ˈ)rē-ˈsȯrp-tiv, -ˈzȯrp- How to pronounce antiresorptive (audio)
: tending to slow or block the resorption of bone
antiresorptive therapies for osteoporosis may include the use of bisphosphonates or selective estrogen receptor modulators
an antiresorptive agent
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