Definition of osteophyte in English:

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osteophyte

Pronunciation: /ˈästēəˌfīt/

noun

Medicine
A bony outgrowth associated with the degeneration of cartilage at joints.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

osteophytic

Pronunciation: /ˌästēəˈfitik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: os·te·o·phyte

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