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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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Nomenclature of Sino-Orbital Osteomas as Represented in the Literature and Based on the Histologic Features and Relative Proportions of the Bone and Stromal Components Osteomas composed of dense mature bone without fibrous stroma Ivory Compact Eburnated Osteomas composed of trabeculae of mature bone separated by fibrous stroma Mature Cancellous Spongy Spongious Mixed
Brodie's abscess is a form of subacute to chronic osteomyelitis, classically defined as a sharply delineated focus of infection lined by granulation tissue and frequently surrounded by eburnated bone.
The objective is to drill through eburnated bone in order to stimulate reparative cartilage formation.