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osteoporosis

[os-tee-oh-puh-roh-sis]
noun Pathology.
  1. a disorder in which the bones become increasingly porous, brittle, and subject to fracture, owing to loss of calcium and other mineral components, sometimes resulting in pain, decreased height, and skeletal deformities: common in older persons, primarily postmenopausal women, but also associated with long-term steroid therapy and certain endocrine disorders.
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Origin of osteoporosis

1840–50; osteo- + Greek pór(os) passage, pore2 + -osis
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  • It is probable that if this work is confirmed a somewhat similar causative factor will be discovered for osteoporosis.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture


British Dictionary definitions for osteoporosis

osteoporosis

noun
  1. porosity and brittleness of the bones due to loss of calcium from the bone matrix
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Derived Formsosteoporotic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from osteo- + pore ² + -osis
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Word Origin and History for osteoporosis

n.

1846, from osteo- + stem of Greek poros "passage, pore, voyage" (see pore (n.)) + -osis. Related: Osteoporotic.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

osteoporosis in Medicine

osteoporosis

(ŏs′tē-ō-pə-rōsĭs)
n. pl. os•te•o•po•ro•ses (-sēz)
  1. A disease characterized by decrease in bone mass and density, occurring especially in postmenopausal women, resulting in a predisposition to fractures and bone deformities such as vertebral collapse.
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Related formsos′te•o•po•rotic (-rŏtĭk) adj.
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osteoporosis in Science

osteoporosis

[ŏs′tē-ō-pə-rōsĭs]
  1. A bone disease characterized by decrease in bone mass and density, resulting in a predisposition to fractures and bone deformities such as the collapse of one or more vertebrae. It occurs most commonly in women after menopause as a result of estrogen deficiency. Calcium supplementation and weight-bearing exercise are used to treat and prevent osteoporosis.
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osteoporosis in Culture

osteoporosis

[(os-tee-oh-puh-roh-sis)]

A softening of the bones that gradually increases and makes them more fragile. It is caused by the gradual loss of the mineral calcium, which helps make bones hard. Osteoporosis occurs most often in elderly women.

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Note

Many experts now believe that osteoporosis can be prevented through regular exercise, mineral supplements, and a diet high in calcium.
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