osteophyte

noun

os·​teo·​phyte ˈä-stē-ə-ˌfīt How to pronounce osteophyte (audio)
: an abnormal bony outgrowth or projection (such as one occurring near a joint affected by osteoarthritis) : bone spur

Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of osteophyte was in 1846

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“Osteophyte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osteophyte. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

osteophyte

noun
os·​teo·​phyte ˈäs-tē-ə-ˌfīt How to pronounce osteophyte (audio)
: an abnormal bony outgrowth or projection (as near a joint affected by osteoarthritis) : bone spur
osteophytic adjective
osteophytic growth
osteophytic spurs
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