Physiology. the breaking down or absorption of osseous tissue.
Surgery. the fracturing of a bone to correct deformity.

< Neo-Latin; see osteo-, -clasis

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osteoclasis (ˌɒstɪˈɒkləsɪs)
1.  surgical fracture of a bone to correct deformity
2.  absorption of bone tissue

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osteoclasis os·te·oc·la·sis (ŏs'tē-ŏk'lə-sĭs)
n. pl. os·te·oc·la·ses (-sēz')

  1. The process of dissolution and resorption of bony tissue.

  2. Surgical fracture of a bone performed to correct a deformity. Also called diaclasis.

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