Definitions for osteoporosisˌɒs ti oʊ pəˈroʊ sɪs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
os•te•o•po•ro•sisˌɒs ti oʊ pəˈroʊ sɪs(n.)
a disorder in which the bones become increasingly porous, brittle, and subject to fracture, owing to loss of calcium and other mineral components.
Origin of osteoporosis:
1840–50; osteo -+ Gk pór(os) passage, pore2+ -osis
abnormal loss of bony tissue resulting in fragile porous bones attributable to a lack of calcium; most common in postmenopausal women
A disease, occurring especially in women following menopause, in which the bones become extremely porous and are subject to fracture.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Reduction of bone mass without alteration in the composition of bone, leading to fractures. Primary osteoporosis can be of two major types: postmenopausal osteoporosis (OSTEOPOROSIS, POSTMENOPAUSAL) and age-related or senile osteoporosis.
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