Definition of osteopenia in English:

osteopenia

Line breaks: osteo|penia
Pronunciation: /ˌɒstɪəʊˈpiːnɪə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A medical condition in which the protein and mineral content of bone tissue is reduced, but less severely than in osteoporosis.
    More example sentences
    • Over time, the inflammatory pain causes disuse of affected joints leading to generalized osteopenia of whole bones.
    • The inability to maximize peak bone mass has significant implications for osteopenia and osteoporosis in adulthood, when bone resorption exceeds bone formation.
    • Radiographs will show osteopenia only after there is 20% to 30% bone loss.

Origin

1960s: from osteo- and Greek penia 'poverty'.

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