- any of the large multinucleate cells in bone which absorb or break down bony tissue
- an instrument used to perform osteoclasis
Origin of osteoclast; from osteo- + Classical Greek klastos: see clastic
- A large multinucleate cell found in growing bone that resorbs bony tissue, as in the formation of canals and cavities.
- An instrument used in surgical osteoclasis.
Origin of osteoclastosteo– + Medieval Latin -clast&emacron;s, breaker (from Late Greek -klast&emacron;s, from Greek klastos, broken, from klan, to break).
osteo- (“bone") +"Ž -clast (“break")