eburnation

[ ee-ber-ney-shuh n, eb-er- ]
/ ˌi bərˈneɪ ʃən, ˌɛb ər- /
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noun Pathology.

an abnormal condition in which bone becomes hard and dense like ivory.

Origin of eburnation

1830–40; < Latin eburn(us) of ivory (equivalent to ebur ivory + -nus adj. suffix) + -ation
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British Dictionary definitions for eburnation

eburnation

/ (ˌiːbəˈneɪʃən, ˌɛb-) /

noun

a degenerative condition of bone or cartilage characterized by unusual hardness and a polished appearance

Word Origin for eburnation

C19: from Latin eburnus of ivory, from ebur ivory
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Medicine definitions for eburnation

eburnation

[ ē′bər-nāshən, ĕb′ər- ]

n.

Degeneration of bone into a hard, ivorylike mass, such as occurs at articular surfaces of bones in osteoarthritis.

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