Q: What does "osteo" mean?
A: "Osteo" is the Greek word for "bone".
Another common condition related to bones is called osteoporosis -- a disease where bones get brittle because they do not have enough calcium or other minerals.
|The bone disease osteoporosis is caused by more bone cells being resorbed than being deposited. This imbalance results in a progressive loss of bone density and a thinning of bone tissue. Osteoporotic bones are more porous and therefore more vulnerable to fracture.|
Reviewed By: Ariel D. Teitel, MD, MBA, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, NYU Langone Medical Center. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.