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noun, plural: osteoscleroses

A condition in which bone density is higher than the normal.


This condition is usually detected in X-ray as a white color in radiograph indicating that bone density has increased significantly. Osteosclerosis may be focal or diffused.

Word origin: Gk, comb. form of ostéon + Middle English sclirosis, from Medieval Latin sclīrōsis, from Greek sklērōsis, hardening, from sklēroun, to harden.

Related phrases: congenital osteosclerosis (osteosclerosis congenital), idiopathic osteosclerosis.

Synonym: eburnation, bone sclerosis.
Compare: osteopenia.
See also: osteopetrosis, sclerosis.