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Osteoclast
Osteoclast- a cell that breaks down unwanted bone tissue; also refers to a device for fracturing a bone to correct a deformity
Osteogenesis imperfecta
Osteogenesis imperfecta- a genetic disorder in which bones are abnormally fragile, leading to multiple breaks and deformity
Osteomalacia
Osteomalacia- the loss of minerals and softening of bones because of a lack of vitamin D; called rickets in children
Osteomyelitis
Osteomyelitis- the inflammation of bones and bone marrow because of an infection, usually caused by bacteria
Osteopetrosis
Osteopetrosis- a rare hereditary disorder in which bones become harder and more dense, causing them to break more easily
Osteophyte
Osteophyte- an outgrowth of bone near a joint
Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis- a condition in which bones become less dense, more brittle, and fracture easily
Otitis externa
Otitis externa- inflammation of the outer ear due to an infection; commonly called swimmer's ear
Otitis media
Otitis media- inflammation of the middle ear (between the eardrum and inner ear) because of the spread of an infection from the nose, sinuses, and throat
Otorrhea
Otorrhea- a discharge from an inflamed ear
Ovaries
Ovaries- two almond-shaped glands located at the opening of the fallopian tubes on both sides of the uterus; produce eggs and the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone
Oxytocin
Oxytocin- a hormone produced in the pituitary gland that causes contraction of the uterus during childbirth and stimulation of milk flow during breast-feeding
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