os·​se·​ous ˈä-sē-əs How to pronounce osseous (audio)

Examples of osseous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The duo created a scheme to bill Medicaid for osseous surgeries, a painful procedure dealing with tooth removal and preparation of the area due to gum disease, that were never performed on patients. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, 26 Aug. 2021 Kruz and Paizlee Davenport became the first siblings to ever be diagnosed with Schimke immuno-osseous dysplasia (SIOD), and their parents established a foundation to help find a cure. Caitlin Keating, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2023 All three children have an extremely rare genetic disease called Schimke immuno-osseous dysplasia, or SIOD, that often destroys a person’s ability to fight off infection and leads to kidney failure. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 15 June 2022 According to the grand jury indictment, the Arch brothers filed 171 false claims for osseous surgeries with Medicaid between January 2015 and September 2017 for an amount totaling more than $350,000 in reimbursements. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, 26 Aug. 2021 During that same period, she was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of dwarfism called Schimke immuno-osseous dysplasia (SIOD), which is also fatal. Andy Kopsa, Cosmopolitan, 1 Aug. 2017

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Word History


Latin osseus, from oss-, os bone; akin to Greek osteon bone, Sanskrit asthi

First Known Use

circa 1682, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of osseous was circa 1682

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Cite this Entry

“Osseous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osseous. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


os·​se·​ous ˈäs-ē-əs How to pronounce osseous (audio)
: of, relating to, or composed of bone
osseously adverb

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