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 (ē′bər-nā′shən, ĕb′ər-)
Degeneration of bone into a hard, ivorylike mass, as that which occurs at the articular surfaces of bones in osteoarthritis.

[From Latin eburnus, ivory, from ebur; see ivory.]


(ˌiːbəˈneɪʃən; ˌɛb-) or


(Pathology) a degenerative condition of bone or cartilage characterized by unusual hardness and a polished appearance
[C19: from Latin eburnus of ivory, from ebur ivory]
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Noun1.eburnation - a change that occurs in degenerative joint disease in which bone is converted into a dense smooth substance resembling ivory
biological process, organic process - a process occurring in living organisms
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Total knee replacement (TKR) is most commonly caused by osteoarthritis of the knee, and can result in loss of articular cartilage, subchondral bone sclerosis, bone spurs and degenerative subchondral cysts.
The nidus is located in the center of the thickening and is always surrounded by the reactive bone sclerosis.
6) Brodie's abscesses are typically elongated in the long axis of the bone and are most commonly seen in the metaphysis of the proximal or distal tibia, characteristically surrounded by dense reactive bone sclerosis.