Osteoclast

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osteoclast

[′äs·tē·ə‚klast]
(histology)
A large multinuclear cell associated with bone resorption.
(medicine)
A large surgical apparatus through which leverage can be exerted to effect osteoclasis.

Osteoclast

 

a cell that is involved in the destruction and resorption of bone tissue in vertebrate animals and man. An osteoclast contains from three to several dozen nuclei and a great many lysosomes, whose hydrolytic enzymes upon release from the osteoclasts resorb the mineral matrix of bone and calcified cartilage.