Definition of Osteophytosis

By Joan Reinbold; Updated April 24, 2017

The human body has a diversity of defenses to protect itself from disorders. Osteophytosis, bony growths, is one of these defense reactions.

Osteophytosis

Osteophytosis is the occurrence of osteophytes. Osteophytosis can occur because of degenerative disease.

Features

Osteophytes are smooth excrescences, or outgrowths, of immature bone that form over time.

Misconceptions

Another name for an osteophyte is a bone spur, a misnomer because the shape of an osteophyte isn't spiky.

Origin

Osteophytosis occurs in musculoskeletal disorders, such as neuropathic osteoarthropathy, Wilson's disease, acromegaly, macrodystrophia lipomatosa progressiva, diffuse idiopathic skeletal hypertosis DISH and osteoarthritis

Where

Osteophytosis occurs near joints, where there has been deterioration.

Function

The growth of bone spurs can be an attempt by the body to prevent a joint from moving, such as in arthritis of the spine.

About the Author

Joan Reinbold is a writer, author of six books, blogs and makes videos. She has been a tutor for students, library assistant, certified dental assistant and business owner. She has lived (and gardened) on three continents, learning home renovation in the process. She received her Bachelor of Arts in 2006.