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osteoporosis

os·te·o·po·ro·sis

osteoporosis

pronunciation:
a sti o p ro sihs
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part of speech: noun
definition: a condition of the bone characterized by porosity and brittleness, accompanied by pain, skeletal deformities, or decreased height, and occurring esp. in women past menopause.
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The word osteoporosis contains the following parts:
oste, osteo Greek root that means bone
-osis Greek noun-forming suffix that means condition (usually medical)
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The suffix -osis attaches to Greek roots. Many nouns ending in "-osis " have a corresponding adjective form ending in -otic (neurosis : neurotic).