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osteoporosis

Pronunciation: os'te-o-po-ro'sis

Definition: Reduction in the quantity of bone or atrophy of skeletal tissue; an age-related disorder characterized by decreased bone mass and loss of normal skeletal microarchitecture, leading to increased susceptibility to fractures.

[osteo- + G. poros, pore, + -osis, condition]

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