American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A generalized reduction in bone mass that is less severe than that resulting from osteoporosis, caused by the resorption of bone at a rate that exceeds bone synthesis.
- osteo- + -penia (Wiktionary)
“The precursor of osteoporosis is called osteopenia; you technically have osteoporosis when your bone density falls low enough that only 5 percent of twenty-year-old women have less than you.”
“The company's effort involved urging doctors to treat patients not only for osteoporosis but also for a milder form of bone loss known as osteopenia, which is common among middle-aged women.”
“In other words, they had some evidence of bone thinning, sometimes called osteopenia, but they didn't have osteoporosis.”
“Lesser degrees of bone loss, known as osteopenia, may not benefit from drug therapy.”
“Lesser degrees of bone loss, known as osteopenia, may or may not benefit from drug therapy.”
“People with osteoporosis, or low bone density, were three times more likely to have vertigo, and people with osteopenia, which is the stage before osteoporosis, were twice as likely to have vertigo as people who had normal bone density.”
“Two weeks later a letter came in the mail with an unsettling message: Benghauser had a condition called osteopenia, and her doctor recommended medication.”
“We will stop trying to replace the hormone market with a thinning bones market through an osteoporosis scare campaign and admit that we made up the term "osteopenia" at the same time we planted bone density measuring machines in medical offices.”
“And half of women over age 50 would be diagnosed with "osteopenia" and advised to "talk to their doctor" (presumably about taking a pill to prevent osteoporosis).”
“osteoporosis condition called osteopenia, she said.”
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