[os-ee-uh s]


composed of, containing, or resembling bone; bony.

Nearby words

  1. ossein,
  2. osselet,
  3. osseo-,
  4. osseocartilaginous,
  5. osseomucin,
  6. osseous ampulla,
  7. osseous hydatid cyst,
  8. osseous labyrinth,
  9. osseous lacuna,
  10. osseously

Origin of osseous

1675–85; < Latin osseus bony, equivalent to oss- (stem of os) bone + -eus -eous

Related formsos·se·ous·ly, adverbin·ter·os·se·ous, adjectivepost·os·se·ous, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for osseous



consisting of or containing bone, bony
Derived Formsosseously, adverb

Word Origin for osseous

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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Medicine definitions for osseous




Composed of, containing, or resembling bone; bony.

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