osteogenesis imperfecta

[ im-per-fek-tuh ]
/ ˌɪm pərˈfɛk tə /

noun Pathology.

a rare hereditary disease in which abnormal connective tissue development leads to fragile bones subject to fracture.



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Origin of osteogenesis imperfecta

1900–05; <New Latin: imperfect osteogenesis
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British Dictionary definitions for osteogenesis imperfecta

osteogenesis imperfecta
/ (ˌɪmpəˈfɛktə) /


a hereditary disease caused by a collagen abnormality, causing fragility of the skeleton which results in fractures and deformitiesAlso called: brittle bone syndrome
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Medical definitions for osteogenesis imperfecta

osteogenesis imperfecta
[ ĭm′pər-fĕktə ]


A hereditary disease marked by abnormal fragility and plasticity of bone, with deformity of long bones, a bluish discoloration of the sclerae, recurring fractures resulting from minimal trauma, and often otosclerosis.brittle bones
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Scientific definitions for osteogenesis imperfecta

osteogenesis imperfecta
[ ŏs′tē-ə-jĕnĭ-sĭs ĭm′pər-fĕktə ]

A hereditary disease characterized by abnormally brittle, easily fractured bones.
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