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

Recent Examples on the Web Chronic conditions sometimes give rise to acute conditions — for instance, a bone fracture (acute) resulting from osteoporosis (chronic), or a heart attack (acute) resulting from cardiovascular disease (chronic) — but each remains a distinct class. Dr. Jordan Tishler, chicagotribune.com, "Will I need to keep using medical marijuana forever?," 28 Sep. 2019 But here’s the downside: That reliance on one activity can may contribute to or worsen osteoporosis, poor posture, destroyed joints and more. Los Angeles Times, "Don’t be a mono-maniac: Here’s why you need to mix up your workouts," 26 Sep. 2019 For example, osteoporosis was considered a normal part of ageing until 1994 when the WHO officially recognized it as a disease. Shahid Merali, Quartz, "What exactly is a disease?," 30 July 2019 Bone loss and the chance of developing osteoporosis happens quicker in some women than others. Andreas Arauer, USA TODAY, "Why aren’t we talking about osteoporosis?," 30 May 2018 One study will use the watch’s newly (and finally!) added period-tracking feature to inform screening and patients’ risk for polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility, and osteoporosis. Fortune, "Why Women of Color Are Streaming Into the Workplace: The Broadsheet," 11 Sep. 2019 Dairy milk contains high levels of calcium and vitamin D, which promote bone growth and strength and help prevent osteoporosis in older adults, according to the NIH. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Is Sparkling Water Bad for You in Some Way?," 5 Apr. 2019 The Center is proud to offer a dedicated space for patients with pelvic floor issues like incontinence, pelvic pain, osteoporosis and post-surgical pain. St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Cincinnati.com, "Convenient, comprehensive women’s care in the Northern Kentucky Community," 9 Aug. 2019 Side effects of the treatment can include depression, osteoporosis and anemia. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Alabama governor signs “chemical castration” bill for some sex offenders," 11 June 2019

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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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osteoporosis

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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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