os·​te·​o·​po·​ro·​sis | \ ˌä-stē-ō-pə-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce osteoporosis (audio) \
plural osteoporoses\ ˌä-​stē-​ō-​pə-​ˈrō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce osteoporoses (audio) \

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

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Other Words from osteoporosis

osteoporotic \ ˌä-​stē-​ō-​pə-​ˈrä-​tik How to pronounce osteoporotic (audio) \ adjective

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Are or may be pregnant, have osteoporosis, have severe liver disease, or take medicines known as strong OATP1B1 inhibitors, such as cyclosporine or gemfibrozil. Glamour, "The Biggest Swimwear Color Trends for Summer 2019," 25 May 2019 If osteoporosis is found, treatment usually is Fosamax, Boniva or generic versions of these drugs, which help prevent bone from being lost faster than the body is able to renew it. Marilynn Marchione, The Seattle Times, "Study suggests more older women may benefit from bone drugs," 1 Oct. 2018 That's because a lack of estrogen has been linked to dementia, heart disease and osteoporosis, and patients who enter menopause prematurely spend less time with normal levels of estrogen. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How Long Does Menopause Last?," 6 Sep. 2018 Camilla did admire her mother, who tragically passed away at 72 to osteoporosis in 1994. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Camilla Parker Bowles's Parents Didn't Like the Idea of Their Daughter Marrying Prince Charles," 19 July 2018 Over the past decade, however, the medical establishment has become more bullish on weight lifting for women who have osteopenia, though not full-blown osteoporosis. Laura Johannes, WSJ, "The Common Advice for Those With Thinning Bones Could Be All Wrong," 22 Apr. 2018 The drug is prescribed to women who have gone through menopause to treat osteoporosis, which causes bones to become severely brittle. Jessica Gresko, The Seattle Times, "High court seems likely to side with Merck in Fosamax case," 7 Jan. 2019 Symptoms can range in severity and include osteoporosis, kidney stones, excessive peeing, stomach pain, fatigue, depression or forgetfulness, bone and joint pain, feeling sick a lot with no obvious reason, and nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite. Korin Miller, SELF, "‘DWTS’ Pro Alan Bersten Reveals He Needed Surgery for Hyperparathyroidism," 24 Apr. 2018 But sadly, osteoporosis doesn’t quite work like that. Farah Naz Khan, Vox, "Doctors are blasé about bone health and it’s leading to more broken bones in the elderly," 30 July 2018

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First Known Use of osteoporosis

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for osteoporosis

New Latin, from oste- + porosis rarefaction, from porus pore + -osis

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English Language Learners Definition of osteoporosis

medical : a condition in which the bones become weak and break easily


os·​teo·​po·​ro·​sis | \ ˌäs-tē-ō-pə-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce osteoporosis (audio) \
plural osteoporoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce osteoporoses (audio) \

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

Other Words from osteoporosis

osteoporotic \ -​ˈrät-​ik How to pronounce osteoporotic (audio) \ adjective

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