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More fully "osteitis fibrosa cystica": a disorder characterized by thinning and erosion of bone, often with circumscribed areas of lysis and with fibrosis in areas of resorption, typically seen in hyperparathyroidism. In early use also: any of various other conditions in which there is fibrosis or cystic change in bone, especially fibrous dysplasia (now rare or disused).
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Annals of Surgery. From scientific Latin ostitis fibrosa from ostitis + fibrōsa, feminine singular of fibrōsus fibrous: see fibrose.
osteitis fibrosa/ˌɒstɪˈʌɪtɪs fʌɪˈbrəʊsə/
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