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n. pl. os·te·oc·la·ses (-sēz′)
1. The process of dissolution and resorption of bony tissue.
2. Surgical fracture of a bone, performed to correct a deformity.

[osteo- + Greek klasis, breakage (from klān, to break).]


1. (Surgery) surgical fracture of a bone to correct deformity
2. (Physiology) absorption of bone tissue


(ˌɒs tiˈɒk lə sɪs)

1. the breaking down or absorption of osseous tissue.
2. the fracturing of a bone to correct deformity.
(osteo- + Greek klâsis breaking, fracture; see -clase]


the breaking of a bone either to correct a deformity or to reset a bone that has healed badly after a fracture. See also bodily functions.
See also: Bones
the process by which bone tissue is broken down and absorbed by the body. See also bones.
See also: Bodily Functions
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.osteoclasis - treatment of a skeletal deformity by intentionally fracturing a bone
treatment, intervention - care provided to improve a situation (especially medical procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)
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Another more common technique involves making a corticotomy by transecting approximately two-thirds of the cortex and completing the corticotomy by osteoclasis produced by rotating the external fixation rings in opposite directions.
A 1994 animal study demonstrated no histologic, density, or perfusion differences between the regenerate of dogs that underwent corticotomy with osteoclasis and the regenerate of dogs that underwent osteotomy with multiple drill holes.
The Ilizarov alignment apparatus gradually corrects deformities, with osteoclasis of the long bone and minimal disruption of the periosteum.

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