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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The process of dissolution and resorption of bony tissue.
  • n. Surgical fracture of a bone, performed to correct a deformity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The surgical fracture of a bone in order to correct a deformity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The operation of breaking a bone in order to correct deformity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The dissolution or resorption of osseous tissue; the destruction of bone.
  • n. In surgery, the fracturing, especially the refracturing, of a bone to remedy deformity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. treatment of a skeletal deformity by intentionally fracturing a bone

Etymologies

osteo- + Greek klasis, breakage (from klān, to break).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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