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

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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 Deficiencies in vitamin D typically lead to osteoporosis (bone loss resulting in weak and brittle bones), muscle weakness, multiple sclerosis and possibly diseases like cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: More study needed on link between vitamin D deficiency, COVID-19 mortality," 17 Dec. 2020 There are plenty of things that can cause a fracture, including car accidents, falls, sports injuries, osteoporosis, and overuse, according to Medline Plus says. Korin Miller, Health.com, "Joe Biden Suffered Hairline Fractures in His Foot While Playing With His Dog—Here’s What That Means," 30 Nov. 2020 Long-term use of steroids can accelerate bone density loss, resulting in osteoporosis or low bone density. Brittany Risher, Woman's Day, "5 Health Issues To Look Out For If You Suffer From Rheumatoid Arthritis," 13 Nov. 2020 Research conducted on the space station has yet to discover a cure for cancer or osteoporosis. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "20 Years Aboard the International Space Station," 2 Nov. 2020 In the growing movement of health conscious consumers, bone broth is hailed as a mineral source that can help combat osteoporosis. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Let’s Cut The B.S. Around Bone Broth. Here’s What it is and How to Make it Yourself," 30 Sep. 2020 Benefits include a lower risk of mortality from all causes: heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, hypertension and osteoporosis. Arthur L. Weltman, The Conversation, "If sitting at a desk all day is bad during coronavirus, could I lie down to work instead?," 4 Sep. 2020 This week Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall took part in a handful of engagements to support cause close to her heart: osteoporosis. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Camilla Opens Up About Her Mother's Struggle with Osteoporosis in a New Video," 21 Oct. 2020 Like many women, my mother’s osteoporosis was ignored. Dr. Jennifer Gunter, Glamour, "Are You There, God? It’s Me, Menopause," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of osteoporosis was in 1841

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28 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Osteoporosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osteoporosis. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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 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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