Definition of osteophyte in English:


Syllabification: os·te·o·phyte
Pronunciation: /ˈästēəˌfīt


  • A bony outgrowth associated with the degeneration of cartilage at joints.
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    • Aggressive surgical techniques to remove osteophytes from the joint can produce low recurrence rates.
    • As discs wear down, bone spurs and osteophytes form on the vertebrae in a condition similar to osteoarthritis.
    • Many people develop osteophytes along the spine as a result of the degenerative process.



Pronunciation: /ˌästēəˈfitik/
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  • Findings on physical examination include decreased range of motion, crepitus, a mild joint effusion, and palpable osteophytic changes at the knee joint.
  • They are sometimes associated with an osteophytic node.
  • The loose body and the osteophytic fabella were excised.

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