Osteoporosis and Rheumatoid

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis ("porous bones", from Greek: οστούν/ostoun meaning "bone" and πόρος/poros meaning "pore") is a disease of bones that leads to an increased risk of fracture.

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

Osteoporosis \Os`te*o*po*ro"sis\, n. [NL.; osteo- + Gr. po`ros pore.] (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. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

Rheumatoid

Rheumatism or rheumatic disorder is a non-specific term for medical problems affecting the joints and connective tissue.

rheumatoid adj : of or pertaining to arthritis; "my creaky old joints"; "rheumy with age and grief" [syn: {arthritic}, {creaky}, {rheumatic}, {rheumy}]

Data Sources:

  • osteoporosis: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • osteoporosis: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • rheumatoid: WordNet (r) 2.0

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