osteoporosis

noun
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 osteoporosis (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

Other Words from osteoporosis

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

Examples of osteoporosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Istituto Gentili, which developed a treatment for the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis with the U.S. pharmaceutical giant Merck, was purchased by Merck in 1997. Arkansas Online, 25 Nov. 2021 Women are also more prone to osteoporosis after menopause, and that puts them at risk for broken hips. al, 16 Nov. 2021 Istituto Gentili, which developed a treatment for the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis with the U.S. pharmaceutical giant Merck, was purchased by Merck in 1997. Arkansas Online, 25 Nov. 2021 Istituto Gentili, which developed a treatment for the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis with the U.S. pharmaceutical giant Merck, was purchased by Merck in 1997. Terry Spencer, sun-sentinel.com, 24 Nov. 2021 Trauma to the knee, excess alcohol use, smoking, radiation treatment and osteoporosis medications (when used for a very long time) all can predispose to osteonecrosis. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 6 Oct. 2021 This progressive bone loss can lead to osteoporosis, where your bones are weaker and more prone to fractures. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall hopes the story of her mother's battle with osteoporosis will be a warning to future generations. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 25 Oct. 2021 But then came shocking preliminary results from the US Women's Health Initiative, a long-term and wide-ranging national study designed to look at ways to prevent heart disease, osteoporosis, and breast and colon cancer in women. Katie Hunt, CNN, 30 Sep. 2021

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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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3 Jan 2022

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“Osteoporosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osteoporosis. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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osteoporosis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of osteoporosis

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

osteoporosis

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

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