osteoporosis

noun
os·​te·​o·​po·​ro·​sis | \ˌä-stē-ō-pə-ˈrō-səs \
plural osteoporoses\ˌä-​stē-​ō-​pə-​ˈrō-​ˌsēz \

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 \ adjective

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To fight the vicious bone disease and honor her mother and grandmother (who also died of osteoporosis), Camilla now spends much of her time leading the National Osteoporosis Society as president. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Camilla Parker Bowles's Parents Didn't Like the Idea of Their Daughter Marrying Prince Charles," 19 July 2018 The research team removed ovaries from the mice to induce osteoporosis and administered agave fructans, or polymers of fructose molecules, to a select portion. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The Plant Used to Make Tequila Could Help Prevent Osteoporosis," 19 Apr. 2016 Over the last 20 years, bone fracture rates in women have declined thanks to osteoporosis screening and treatment. Marie Mccullough, chicagotribune.com, "Updated osteoporosis screening guidelines cover only women. That could hurt men," 27 June 2018 Over the last 20 years, bone fracture rates in women have declined thanks to osteoporosis screening and treatment. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Updated osteoporosis screening guidelines cover only women. That could hurt men," 26 June 2018 DeLuca’s work helps pave the way for advances in the treatment of osteoporosis. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW scientific advances include vitamins, growing human embryonic stem cells in lab," 12 July 2018 Her osteoporosis caused her to lose six inches off her commanding height of six feet and required her to use crutches. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "Rebecca Parris, Jazz Singer, Is Dead at 66," 22 June 2018 But increasingly, experts say, the emphasis on women and osteoporosis has fostered a sexist view of the bone-weakening disease. Marie Mccullough, chicagotribune.com, "Updated osteoporosis screening guidelines cover only women. That could hurt men," 27 June 2018 Her medical files are an encyclopedia of disorders and side effects: pancreatitis, acute and subacute necrosis of the liver, osteoporosis. Elizabeth Koh And Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "She's starving to death — and public health agencies can't or won't stop it | Miami Herald," 24 May 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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osteoporosis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of osteoporosis

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

osteoporosis

noun
os·​teo·​po·​ro·​sis | \ˌäs-tē-ō-pə-ˈrō-səs \
plural osteoporoses\-​ˌsēz \

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 \ adjective

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