osteoporosis

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noun os·te·o·po·ro·sis \ ˌä-stē-ō-pə-ˈrō-səs \

Definition of osteoporosis

plural osteoporoses play \ˌä-stē-ō-pə-ˈrō-ˌsēz\
: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

osteoporotic

play \ˌä-stē-ō-pə-ˈrä-tik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of osteoporosis

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


OSTEOPOROSIS Defined for English Language Learners

osteoporosis

play
noun

Definition of osteoporosis for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

osteoporosis

play
noun os·teo·po·ro·sis \ ˌäs-tē-ō-pə-ˈrō-səs \

medical Definition of osteoporosis

plural osteoporoses play \-ˌsēz\
: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

osteoporotic

play \-ˈrät-ik\ adjective


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