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Bone sclerosis

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noun, plural: bone scleroses

An abnormal increase in density and hardening of bone.


Bone sclerosis is a condition in which bones thicken, harden or increase in density. It may be caused by injuries that compress bone such as osteoarthritis and osteoma.

Word origin: Middle English bon, from Old English bān + Middle English sclirosis, from Medieval Latin sclīrōsis, from Greek sklērōsis, hardening, from sklēroun, to harden.

Synonym: eburnation, osteosclerosis.
See also: osteopetrosis, sclerosis.