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 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

Examples of osteoporosis in a Sentence

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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 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

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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 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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