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noun Pathology.
  1. a small osseous excrescence or outgrowth on bone.
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Origin of osteophyte

First recorded in 1840–50; osteo- + -phyte
Related formsos·te·o·phyt·ic [os-tee-uh-fit-ik] /ˌɒs ti əˈfɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for osteophytic

Historical Examples

  • Osteophytic outgrowths form around the joint and lead to fixation or locking.

    Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition.

    Alexander Miles

British Dictionary definitions for osteophytic


  1. a small abnormal bony outgrowth
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Derived Formsosteophytic (ˌɒstɪəˈfɪtɪk), adjective
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osteophytic in Medicine


  1. A small abnormal bony outgrowth.osteophyma
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