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osteoclast

Pronunciation: os'te-o-klast'

Definition:

  1. A large multinucleated cell, possibly of monocytic origin, with abundant acidophilic cytoplasm, functioning in the absorption and removal of osseous tissue.
  2. An instrument used to fracture a bone to correct a deformity.

Synonym(s): osteophage

[osteo- + G. klastos, broken]

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