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Osteoporosis, literally “porous bone,” is dened as a reduction in the mass and quality of bone and/or the presence of a fragility fracture. Osteoporosis can be a clinically silent systemic skeletal disease characterized by compromised bone strength predisposing to an increased risk of fracture. Osteoporosis is common, preventable when diagnosed early, and serious though treatable.