1. Physiology. the breaking down or absorption of osseous tissue.
  2. Surgery. the fracturing of a bone to correct deformity.

Origin of osteoclasis

From New Latin; see origin at osteo-, -clasis
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British Dictionary definitions for osteoclasis


  1. surgical fracture of a bone to correct deformity
  2. absorption of bone tissue
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osteoclasis in Medicine


n. pl. os•te•oc•la•ses (-sēz′)
  1. The process of dissolution and resorption of bony tissue.
  2. Surgical fracture of a bone performed to correct a deformity.diaclasis
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