an abnormal condition of bone or cartilage in which it becomes very dense and smooth like ivory
Origin of eburnation; from Classical Latin eburnus, of ivory (; from ebur, ivory) + -ation
Degeneration of bone into a hard, ivorylike mass, as that which occurs at the articular surfaces of bones in osteoarthritis.
Origin of eburnationFrom Latin eburnus, ivory, from ebur; see ivory.
- Degenerative process of bone occurring at sites of articular cartilage erosion commonly found in patients with osteoarthritis. Sub-chondral bone responds to increased friction by generating reactive, ivory-like, dense bone at the site of erosion.