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

  • n. A small, abnormal bony outgrowth.

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  • n. Any small, abnormal growth of bone, often near a joint

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An abnormal bony excrescence or osseous outgrowth.

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  • n. small abnormal bony outgrowth


osteo- + -phyte (Wiktionary)


  • Early diagnosis and treatment help manage the symptoms which include joint pain, stiffness and tenderness, limited range of motion, crepitus, a crackling, grinding noise with movement, joint effusion (swelling), local inflammation, bone enlargements and osteophyte formation.

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  • A bone spur (osteophyte) is a bony growth formed on normal bone.

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  • Photosensitivity a. is the commonest arthropathy c. anicteric hepatitis b. is characterized by marginal osteophyte formation d. conjunctivitis c. commonly presents with back pain e.

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  • (crackling, grinding noise with movement), joint effusion (swelling), local inflammation, bony enlargements and osteophyte formation.

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