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bisphosphonates

a class of drugs commonly used to treat osteoporosis. They work by preventing bone cells from breaking down.

body mass index

(BMI) a calculation used to determine a person's weight to height ratio. BMI is defined as weight (kg) divided by height (m2). The BMI of a normal weight adult is 20.0–24.9; overweight = 25.0–29.9; obese = 30.0–39.9; severe (or morbid) obesity = 40+.

birth canal

the passage through which a baby travels during labour and birth; includes the womb, cervix, vagina and vulva.

benign

the word benign is often used to refer to a medical condition that will not become life-threatening if it is not treated.


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