osteoporosis(redirected from disuse osteoporosis)
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n. pl. os·te·o·po·ro·ses (-sēz)
A disease characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density, occurring especially in postmenopausal women, resulting in a predisposition to fractures.
os′te·o·po·rot′ic (-rŏt′ĭk) adj.
(Pathology) porosity and brittleness of the bones due to loss of calcium from the bone matrix
[C19: from osteo- + pore2 + -osis]
os•te•o•po•ro•sis(ˌɒs ti oʊ pəˈroʊ sɪs)
a disorder in which the bones become increasingly porous, brittle, and subject to fracture, owing to loss of calcium and other mineral components.
os`te•o•po•rot′ic (-ˈrɒt ɪk) adj.
A condition in which the bones become porous and weak from loss of minerals, especially calcium.
the rarefaction of bone, resulting in abnormally porous and weak bony tissue.See also: Body, Human, Bones
A group of diseases in which the resorption of bone outpaces the deposit of bone. Bones become lighter and more porous, making them susceptible to fracture.
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|Noun||1.||osteoporosis - abnormal loss of bony tissue resulting in fragile porous bones attributable to a lack of calcium; most common in postmenopausal women|
pathology - any deviation from a healthy or normal condition
dowager's hump - abnormal spinal curvature that results when osteoporosis causes the spine to collapse; seen most often in elderly women