osteopetrosis

noun

os·​teo·​pe·​tro·​sis -pə-ˈtrō-səs How to pronounce osteopetrosis (audio)
plural osteopetroses -ˌsēz How to pronounce osteopetrosis (audio)
: a condition characterized by abnormal thickening and hardening of bone: as
a
: a rare hereditary disease characterized by extreme density and hardness and abnormal fragility of the bones with partial or complete obliteration of the marrow cavities

called also Albers-Schönberg disease, marble bone disease, marble bones

b
: avian leukosis of chickens marked by great enlargement and excessive calcification of the long bones especially of the legs and by more or less complete obliteration of the marrow cavities

called also marble bone, marble bone disease

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“Osteopetrosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/osteopetrosis. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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