Definition of osseous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈäsēəs/


chiefly Zoology & Medicine
Consisting of or turned into bone; ossified.
Example sentences
  • The osteoblasts produce osseous tissue, become embedded in the matrix they manufacture, and are then renamed osteocytes, to reflect their change of status.
  • At only a few weeks of age, a kitten's bones have not yet hardened and become osseous.
  • The most common sites of origin for osseous lesions are the long bones, such as the femur or humerus or the pelvic bones.


Late Middle English: from Latin osseus 'bony' + -ous.

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Syllabification: os·se·ous

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