Definition of osteitis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌästēˈīdəs/


1Inflammation of the substance of a bone.
Example sentences
  • Skeletal radiographs showed linear radiolucencies in the metaphyses of the long bones and lucent areas in the iliac bones, consistent with osteitis.
  • The infection may extend to the cartilaginous skeleton of the ear canal and through Santorini's fissures to reach the temporal bone, causing osteitis.
  • There were three major complications; two were due to infection causing osteitis and the other developed stenosis of the external ear canal.
1.1 (osteitis fibrosa cystica) another term for von Recklinghausen's disease (sense 2).
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  • These criteria included nephrolithiasis, osteitis fibrosa cystica, proximal muscle weakness, atrophy, hyperreflexia and gait disturbances.
  • Excess PTH also can result in subperiosteal resorption, leading to osteitis fibrosa cystica with bone cysts and brown tumors of the long bones.
1.2 (osteitis deformans) another term for Paget's disease (sense 1).
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  • Paget's disease of bone (also known as osteitis deformans) is a nonmalignant disease involving accelerated bone resorption followed by deposition of dense, chaotic, and ineffectively mineralized bone matrix.


Mid 19th century: from Greek osteon 'bone' + -itis.

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Syllabification: os·te·i·tis

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