Definition of Osteoclast

1. Noun. Cell that functions in the breakdown and resorption of bone tissue.

Generic synonyms: Bone Cell



Definition of Osteoclast

1. n. A myeloplax.

Definition of Osteoclast

1. Noun. (physiology cytology) A large multinuclear cell associated with the resorption of bone ¹

2. Noun. An instrument for performing osteoclasis. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Osteoclast

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Osteoclast

1. 1. Large multinucleate cell formed from differentiated macrophage, responsible for breakdown of bone. 2. Cells which help create the sockets in bones. For example osteoclasps create the openings in your jaw bone to hold your teeth. (08 Jan 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Osteoclast

osteochondrodysplasias
osteochondrodystrophia deformans
osteochondrodystrophy
osteochondrogenic cell
osteochondroma
osteochondromas
osteochondromatosis
osteochondrosarcoma
osteochondroses
osteochondrosis
osteochondrosis dissecans
osteochondrotic
osteochondrous
osteoclases
osteoclasis
osteoclast (current term)
osteoclast activating factor
osteoclastic
osteoclastogenesis
osteoclastoma
osteoclastomas
osteoclasts
osteocolla
osteocollagenous fibres
osteocomma
osteoconduction
osteoconductive
osteocope
osteocopes
osteocrania

Literary usage of Osteoclast

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Osteoporosis Research, Education and Health Promotion (1993)
"Biology and Regulation of osteoclast Activity The first phase of the bone ... The osteoclast is a unique multi- nucleated cell that is formed by fusion of ..."

2. Novel Systems for the Study of Human Disease: From Basic Research to by OECD Staff, (Paris) Organisation for Economic Co-ope, SourceOECD (Online service) (1998)
"We believe that these macrophages are functional and that in the absence of c-Fos the common bipotent macrophage/osteoclast precursor can give rise only to ..."

3. Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA's Standards by Committee on Fluoride in Drinking Water, National Research Council (2006)
"Most reports in the literature studying the effect of fluoride on osteoclast function indicate an inhibition. In fact, the effect might be mediated through ..."

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