Definition of osteopenia in English:

osteopenia

noun

mass noun
  • A medical condition in which the protein and mineral content of bone tissue is reduced, but less severely than in osteoporosis.

    • ‘Over time, the inflammatory pain causes disuse of affected joints leading to generalized osteopenia of whole bones.’
    • ‘Women with severe osteopenia or osteoporosis must be cautious when engaging in physical activity.’
    • ‘The inability to maximize peak bone mass has significant implications for osteopenia and osteoporosis in adulthood, when bone resorption exceeds bone formation.’
    • ‘Radiographs will show osteopenia only after there is 20% to 30% bone loss.’
    • ‘Approximately 13 to 18 percent of women in the United States who are at least 50 years old have osteoporosis and an additional 37 to 50 percent have osteopenia.’

Origin

1960s: from osteo- and Greek penia ‘poverty’.

Pronunciation

osteopenia

/ˌɒstɪəʊˈpiːnɪə/