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osteopenia

Pronunciation: os'te-o-pe'ne-a

Definition:

  1. Decreased calcification or density of bone; a descriptive term applicable to all skeletal systems in which such a condition is noted; carries no implication about causality.
  2. Reduced bone mass due to inadequate osteoid synthesis.

[osteo- + G. penia, poverty]

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