[ee-ber-ney-shuh n, eb-er-]

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


  1. 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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eburnation in Medicine


[ē′bər-nāshən, ĕb′ər-]
  1. Degeneration of bone into a hard, ivorylike mass, such as occurs at articular surfaces of bones in osteoarthritis.
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