Having to do with the bone, consisting of bone, or resembling bone. From "os" which is a synonym for "bone." The Latin word "os" means "bone" as does the related Greek word "osteon."
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Bony, of bone-like consistency or structure. SYN: osteal. [L. osseus]

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os·se·ous 'äs-ē-əs adj of, relating to, or composed of bone
os·se·ous·ly adv

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bony: applied to the bony parts of the inner ear (cochlea, semicircular canals, labyrinth).

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os·se·ous (osґe-əs) [L. osseus] of the nature or quality of bone; bony.

Medical dictionary. 2011.


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  • Osseous — Os se*ous, a. [L. osseus, from os, ossis bone; akin to Gr. oste on, Skr. asthi. Cf. {Oyster}.] Composed of bone; resembling bone; capable of forming bone; bony; ossific. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • osseous — bony, 1707, from M.L. ossous, from L. osseus bony, from os (gen. ossis) bone, from PIE *os (Cf. Skt. asthi, Hittite hashtai , Gk. osteon bone, Gk. ostrakon oyster shell, Avestan ascu …   Etymology dictionary

  • osseous — ► ADJECTIVE chiefly Zoology & Medicine ▪ consisting of or turned into bone. ORIGIN Latin osseus bony …   English terms dictionary

  • osseous — [äs′ē əs] adj. [L osseus < os, a bone: see OSSIFY] composed of, containing, or like bone; bony …   English World dictionary

  • osseous — adjective Etymology: Latin osseus, from oss , os bone; akin to Greek osteon bone, Sanskrit asthi Date: 1682 bony 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • osseous — adj. [L. os, ossis, bone] Composed of or resembling bone …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • osseous — osseously, adv. /os ee euhs/, adj. composed of, containing, or resembling bone; bony. [1675 85; < L osseus bony, equiv. to oss (s. of os) bone + eus EOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • osseous — adjective Of, relating to, or made of bone; bony …   Wiktionary

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  • osseous — os·se·ous || É‘sɪəs / É’s adj. of or related to bone; composed of bone; resembling bone …   English contemporary dictionary

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