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[os-ee-uh s]
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  1. composed of, containing, or resembling bone; bony.
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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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Related Words for osseous

skeletal, osseous, hard, ossified, anatomical

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Historical Examples of osseous

  • Why is the collar-bone the undisputed king of the osseous frame?

    A Book of Burlesques

    H. L. Mencken

  • Only known from osseous remains and the above-quoted drawing and notes.

    Extinct Birds

    Walter Rothschild

  • In the second month this brain corresponds then to the brain of an osseous fish.

  • Osseous tumors may arise from the periosteum or from the marrow.

  • The osseous breccia—where it exists—appears to be similar in all the caves.

British Dictionary definitions for osseous


  1. consisting of or containing bone, bony
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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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osseous in Medicine


  1. Composed of, containing, or resembling bone; bony.
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