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Ossification and osteogenesis

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Ossification and osteogenesis

Postby Sabrinaa » Sun Oct 12, 2008 12:51 pm

For my exam which is coming up next month I have to know what the difference between ossification and osteogenesis is. However, in medical dictionaries and books there isn't a clear difference between the two. Most use the two terms synonymously. Can someone please help me out and tell me how the two terms differ - if at all.
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Postby MichaelXY » Mon Oct 13, 2008 5:45 am

They are a lot alike aren't they. I understand you confusion. I think the main difference is osteogenesis is the formation of new bone where the other is formation over the new bone.
Consider the word genesis. Greek for birth or origin.
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Postby Sabrinaa » Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:39 pm

Thanks for you your help - it makes sense now. I guess it helps to split the word up into prefix and suffix.
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