Definition of osteophyte in English:

osteophyte

noun

Medicine
  • A bony projection associated with the degeneration of cartilage at joints.

    • ‘Aggressive surgical techniques to remove osteophytes from the joint can produce low recurrence rates.’
    • ‘As discs wear down, bone spurs and osteophytes form on the vertebrae in a condition similar to osteoarthritis.’
    • ‘Patients with cervical radiculopathy present with cervical pain and neurologic deficits resulting from a herniated nucleus pulposus or an osteophyte.’
    • ‘We think the loose body most likely represents a previous osteophyte.’
    • ‘Many people develop osteophytes along the spine as a result of the degenerative process.’

Pronunciation:

osteophyte

/ˈɒstɪə(ʊ)fʌɪt/