noun, plural: bone scleroses
An abnormal increase in density and hardening of bone.
Bone sclerosis is a condition in which bones thicken, harden or increase in density. It may be caused by injuries that compress bone such as osteoarthritis and osteoma.
Word origin: Middle English bon, from Old English bān + Middle English sclirosis, from Medieval Latin sclīrōsis, from Greek sklērōsis, hardening, from sklēroun, to harden.
Synonym: eburnation, osteosclerosis.
See also: osteopetrosis, sclerosis.