Definition of osteoporosis
: a condition that affects especially older women and is characterized by decrease in bone mass with decreased density and enlargement of bone spaces producing porosity and fragility
osteoporoticplay \ˌä-stē-ō-pə-ˈrä-tik\ adjective
Recent Examples of osteoporosis from the Web
Those with a parent or grandparent who has or had osteoporosis are more likely to develop it.
RUSSIA A study of animal bones collected from the Berelyokh site in the Siberian republic of Sakha indicates that mammoths may have suffered from human diseases, including osteoporosis, a possible factor in their extinction.
This category includes osteoporosis, joint pain, arthritis and fibromyalgia.
If successful, the test could point to the use of the same drug to treat osteoporosis in patients on Earth.
There are many health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, cognitive decline and osteoporosis that can affect hearing loss.
Nearly 10 million people in the U.S. are estimated to be living with osteoporosis, while another 34 million with low bone mass are at risk of developing the disease.
Keep in mind that certain medications and/or chronic conditions can cause osteoporosis, including the regular or prolonged use of corticosteroids.
Musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and injuries affect 50% of all American adults, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
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Origin and Etymology of osteoporosis
New Latin, from oste- + porosis rarefaction, from porus pore + -osis
First Known Use: 1841See Words from the same year
OSTEOPOROSIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of osteoporosis for English Language Learners
medical : a condition in which the bones become weak and break easily
Medical Definition of osteoporosis
: a condition that affects especially older women and is characterized by decrease in bone mass with decreased density and enlargement of bone spaces producing porosity and brittleness
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