Definition of osteoporosis in English:

osteoporosis

Line breaks: osteo|por¦osis
Pronunciation: /ˌɒstɪəʊpəˈrəʊsɪs
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.
    More example sentences
    • For example, the bone loss that causes osteoporosis in susceptible individuals is seen to some degree in all older people.
    • Loss of oestrogen is associated with an increased risk of osteoporosis and coronary artery disease.
    • If blood levels of calcium fall then calcium is withdrawn from bone, resulting in osteomalacia and osteoporosis.

Derivatives

osteoporotic

adjective
More example sentences
  • These positive changes in bone during the early developmental years may reduce the risk of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures later in life.
  • For example, women who had osteoporotic readings received handouts regarding coping with osteoporosis.
  • In each age group, the fracture risk for osteoporotic women is four times that of women without osteoporosis.

Origin

mid 19th century: from osteo- 'bone' + Greek poros 'passage, pore' + -osis.

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