demineralization :

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  • n  abnormal loss of mineral salts (especially from bone)
  • n  the removal of minerals and mineral salts from a liquid (especially from water)

  • The Soviet cosmonauts suffered such bone demineralization on their flights, and patients confined to bed for as little as three days have been known to suffer sharp losses of .
  • This tends to counter a side effect of one type of immunosuppressive drug: demineralization of the bones.
  • Overdoses of vitamin D can produce demineralization of bone, resulting in multiple fractures after minimal trauma.

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