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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A disease characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density, occurring especially in postmenopausal women, resulting in a predisposition to fractures.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Morbid absorption of bone proceeding from the Haversian canals, so that it becomes abnormally porous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med. & Physiol.) An absorption of bone so that the bone tissue becomes unusually porous. It occurs especially in elderly men and postmenopausal women, and predisposes the elderly to fractures of the bones.

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  • noun pathology A disease, occurring especially in women following menopause, in which the bones become extremely porous and are subject to fracture.

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

  • noun abnormal loss of bony tissue resulting in fragile porous bones attributable to a lack of calcium; most common in postmenopausal women

Etymologies

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

[New Latin : osteo– + Greek poros, passage, pore; see pore + –osis.]

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From osteo- +‎ porosis.

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