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[os-ee-uh s] /ˈɒs i əs/
composed of, containing, or resembling bone; bony.
Origin of osseous
1675-85; < Latin osseus bony, equivalent to oss- (stem of os) bone + -eus -eous
Related forms
osseously, adverb
interosseous, adjective
postosseous, adjective Unabridged
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consisting of or containing bone, bony
Derived Forms
osseously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin osseus, from os bone
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Word Origin and History for osseous

"bony," early 15c., from Medieval Latin ossous, from Latin osseus "bony, of bone," from os (genitive ossis) "bone," from PIE *ost- "bone" (cf. Sanskrit asthi, Hittite hashtai-, Greek osteon "bone," Greek ostrakon "oyster shell," Avestan ascu- "shinbone," Welsh asgwrn, Armenian oskr, Albanian asht "bone"). The word was later reformed in English (1680s), perhaps by influence of French osseux.

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osseous in Medicine

osseous os·se·ous (ŏs'ē-əs)
Composed of, containing, or resembling bone; bony.

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