Medical Dictionary

bone density

noun
variants: also bone mineral density

medical Definition of bone density

:the amount of mineral content per unit volume of bone
  • Bisphosphonates increase bone density by adding minerals to bones.
  • —Jane E. BrodyThe New York Times5 Apr. 2005
  • Numerous studies indicate that weight bearing exercise versus non-weight-bearing exercise increases bone density in women younger than 35.
  • —M. R. HillerThe Springfield (Massachusetts) Union News19 Feb. 1993
; also :a measurement of this mineral content used to determine the strength of bone and especially to detect osteoporosis
  • … women considered to be at increased risk of osteoporotic fracture on the basis of a low base-line bone density.
  • —Richard L. Prince et al.The New England Journal of Medicine24 Oct. 1991

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