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[os-tee-oh-mahy-uh-lahy-tis] /ˌɒs ti oʊˌmaɪ əˈlaɪ tɪs/
noun, Pathology.
an inflammation of the bone and bone marrow, usually caused by bacterial infection.
Origin of osteomyelitis
First recorded in 1850-55; osteo- + myelitis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Under less favourable conditions, the late results of osteomyelitis may be more serious.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • Surgeons should be alert to this danger when about to perform operations for osteomyelitis or bone tumor.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • The most common is an osteomyelitis commencing in the marrow exposed in a wound infected with pyogenic organisms.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • The various methods applicable to such cavities are mentioned in detail under “osteomyelitis.”

  • Certain general causes favor the occurrence of osteomyelitis.

  • osteomyelitis nearly always begins in the diaphysis of the long bones, usually near the epiphyseal line.

  • Several years may intervene between the original attack of osteomyelitis and the onset of symptoms of abscess.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • In the chronic stages of osteomyelitis the symptoms are usually characteristic.

  • The deformities resulting from osteomyelitis are more marked the earlier in life the disease occurs.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • osteomyelitis is rare in the bones of the carpus and tarsus, and the associated joints are usually infected from the outset.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
British Dictionary definitions for osteomyelitis


inflammation of bone marrow, caused by infection
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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osteomyelitis in Medicine

osteomyelitis os·te·o·my·e·li·tis (ŏs'tē-ō-mī'ə-lī'tĭs)
Inflammation of bone and bone marrow. Also called central osteitis.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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